The 1975 debuted their funky, catchy new song “The Sound” on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show Thursday night. The track will appear on the band’s sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, out February 26th. Listen to the track below.
Like single “Ugh!,” “The Sound” is more reminiscent of the band’s sleek, shimmery 2013 debut album in its upbeat catchiness. Whilr these tracks show off the band’s indie pop leanings, I Like It‘s first single “Love Me” teased a different direction for the Manchester group, delivering an INXS, Eighties New Wave vibe.
During frontman Matt Healy’s interview with Annie Mac, the singer spoke about growing up listening to pop music as a kid. “When it comes to pop music earworms, that kind of ear candy, it’s what I grew up [on],” he told the radio host. “I grew up on big records, records that [have] the melodies you can’t get out of your head. It’s something that I naturally do.”
In the context of the upcoming album, which Healy describes as “expansive” in terms of genre influence, the singer notes that there is a “confidence” that comes across on “The Sound” because of how especially poppy it is. “It wears its pop on its sleeve and it’s kind of unabashed,” he says. “There hasn’t been a vehicle yet for us to do that. This album is perfect [for the song] because it’s juxtaposed with everything the album is.”
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The 1975 will play Coachella in April and launch their tour in between the festival’s two weekends of performances. The band is also set to play Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this May and Firefly in Delaware in June.