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The 1975 - Me & You Together Song

The latest taster of 'Notes On A Conditional Form' isn't big, or bombastic - but it's bloody lovely.
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The 1975 - Me & You Together Song
Published: 7:30 pm, January 16, 2020Words: Stephen Ackroyd.

You wouldn't blame The 1975 if they collapsed under the weight of their own hype.

As 2019 ticked closer to 2020, they still found themselves holed up in the studio, working on an album that they originally suggested would be finished six months or more before. Combining it with run after run of cross continental live dates, festival headline slots, magazine covers and a constant parade of new singles, recording was the job they did when other commitments weren't taking priority. And yet the expectation; it remains higher than ever before. It's a rod that a band who like to share with their fans have, arguably, made for their own back - but as the church of The 1975 grows ever bigger and more musically diverse, their fourth album 'Notes On A Conditional Form' finds its stakes driven ever higher.

In a week where that release date has shifted further back - we'll now not get our hands on 'Notes...' until late April - one might expect the pressure cooker to be close to exploding point. And yet the latest taster couldn't be further from it.

'Me & You Together Song' is lovely. Genuinely, that's the overriding emotion in play. While 'People' was a wrecking ball, and 'Fail State of Mind' basked in the glow of street lights, here the focus is far more personal.

"I've been in love with her for ages," Matty Healy laments, winding a tale of not-quite-hidden feelings and an inability to get the words out. Less a song about true love, it's more besotted with the idea - intense passions or misty-eyed memories of the one that got away. Domestic dreams and the everyday are romanticised into hazy future nostalgia, always just slightly out of reality's grasp. Jangling guitars and 90s aesthetics reign supreme; the opening track on a thousand soppy teenage mixtapes yet to be made.

When the temptation would be to go big, to tackle a failing society at melting point, The 1975 have turned inwards. Not in an insular way, but instead to find what lies within. 'Me & You Together Song' aches with yearning, but never feels defeated. It's positive, hopeful and projecting positivity. Sometimes the most stressful situations bring out the best in all of us. With a heart so strong, there's little danger of collapse. Everything will be alright in the end.

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