With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
The band name on everybody’s lips right now, there was absolutely no doubt that the highly anticipated new release from The 1975 would take our Album Of The Week title. We’re not even sure we need to list the reasons why, but we’re going to give it a good go regardless. Since the release of their 2013 eponymous debut, The 1975 have gone from strength to strength, consistently creating and unleashing versatile records with few common denominators - relatable lyrics, a shimmering sound of an indie and synth pop crossover, with tracks guaranteed to make you dance. Following a brief hiatus and churn in the rumour mill about the potential of a breakup or disbandment of the quartet, their most recent venture, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is not only also a pleasant return but a 15 track offering of all those qualities that make The 1975 so unique, it’s also a showcase of the clear growth in a frankly already brilliant band. As well as notes of their indie pop staple, the raw, acoustic ballad of ‘Be My Mistake’ displays that this band are far from a one trick pony, and the jazzy influences in ‘Mine’ further support this, proving a vast array of outside genres have impacted this project. More than that, though, as Healy’s lyrical talent of relatable themes has always been a particular feature that make The 1975 so timelessly enticing, and as he tells woes of complete chaos in life, love, politics and more, he does so in such a put together way, you’re lead to believe that it’ll all be okay in the end. Listen below via Spotify.
The 1975 are one of four headliners at this year’s Leeds and Reading Festivals, taking place on August Bank Holiday weekend. Also joining them will be Twenty One Pilots, Foo Fighters and Post Malone.
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