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Review: 'A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships' offers relevant dialogue

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

The 1975 released "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships" on Nov. 30.

Notorious for their hit songs “Somebody Else” and “The Sound,” The 1975 brings something quirky and fresh to the indie-pop world with new album “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.”

The band aimed to please all music lovers with this album. From mellow notes to hype beats, there is a song for every mood. The 1975 brings its exclusive sound to a new level with this release.

Bringing together tasteful music with deep lyrics, this album is worth a listen.

The 1975 released its latest work of art on Nov. 30. In a few words, the album encapsulates variety. Each song has a unique sound to it.  There are different instruments featured in every song.

With things like the xylophone combined with technology and more conventional instruments, the resulting sound is almost machine-like, which perfectly depicts the basis of the album. Contrasting from its last album, “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,” the new release has a gentler temperament. It lightens up on the infamous 1975 pop sound and even includes a few acoustic style songs. 

This new sound is emphasized in “Be My Mistake,” which considers how the lyrics of the song would best be translated. Despite this, the pop-noise does not escape this album, but instead has a more mature hum to it. Introducing the new robotic feature and a hint of jazz, the new noise is a refreshing take on pop.

The core of the album comes from its theme. Each song concentrates on love in the modern era.  The album takes interest in what romance means in a technologically based world. The band calls its song “The Man Who Married a Robot” a love theme. The words of each song are both reminiscent and relatable for anyone who has suffered heartbreak or experienced starry-eyed love, but even more relevant to those who understand the role technology plays in 21st century love. The 1975 finally addresses the crippling effect of the internet and evaluates the effect of the modern society in our lives.  Taking heavy concepts of today’s culture and combing it with instrumental genius, the band gives fans an inimitable experience. The lyrics meld with the music to create the novel atmosphere of the album.

The band steps out of the box with the new album, bringing something original to indie-pop.  Matty Healy expresses his interesting philosophy on life to society in a way that makes people want to listen. Through the music of The 1975, the entire band is given the opportunity to inspire change in the world. Band members put themselves into these songs and give people a taste of who they are. The album offers a brief inquiry into band members’ minds.

For those desperate for more of The 1975, the wait for their next album will be brief. The band announced that “Notes on a Conditional Form” is set to release May of 2019.

Entertainment.ed@ocollly.com