Seven weeks ago, The 1975 opened their UK tour in Nottingham with a couple of new songs inserted into the set. One of them, 'If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)', was instantly acknowledged as quite possibly their biggest, bounciest banger yet - and the obvious next single.
The world, though, was a very different place back then. The 1975 have always been a band with a strong connection to their audience and what's going on around them. Now isn't the time for megabangers. That will come, hopefully soon. For now though, we all need a little comfort. A warm embrace to tell us everything is going to be ok. That's exactly what ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America’ provides.
The song will be familiar to anyone who has closely followed the band's ‘Music For Cars’ era. First appearing as a rumoured title back in 2018, it has since been played by frontman Matty Healy acoustically a couple of times. None of that prepares for recorded version though. It’s The 1975 at their most stripped back and vulnerable. The vibe is very much lo-fi country in the vein of artists like Bright Eyes, but it’s illuminated by some gorgeous flourishes of brass and synthesised strings that echo their long-time love of Bon Iver.
There’s one added feature though that gives added resonance and emotional depth; the guest appearance of Phoebe Bridgers, who’s rich and yearning vocal provides a lovely contrast to Matty’s hushed tones. The 1975 have had many magical moments on record, but - for a band who haven't often invited others onto their songs previously - this is as special as it comes. One of their most important and deeply beautiful moments that provides a bit of solace in these uncertain times.