It’s almost impossible to talk about The 1975‘s music without referring to external perception. A band with the most feverous of fanbases, the list of demands for every new track runs so long meeting them all would be near impossible. Yet, for the first time, new single ‘Happiness’ may just achieve the impossible.
If The 1975’s previous effort ‘Part of the Band’ was a band feinting left to dodge the glare of expectation, its follow-up is the rope-a-dope comeback that delivers the knock-out punch. A quadruple concentrated shot, it’s every era crammed into one irresistible perfect moment. Bubbling with the bright, boppy energy of their first two albums, but with the complexity and invention of ‘A Brief Inquiry…’ and ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ spliced in for good measure, it’s the final form of a four-album masterplan.
Five minutes plus in length, with a forty-five-second intro for good measure, its a looser, more expansive version of The 1975’s iconic sound. Flowing with the freedom of an in-the-room studio jam, it has all the iconic touchpoints – huge sax solo, clipped guitars, addictive, glitching production – but does it all with a casual, organic ease previously untapped in their more immediate moments. Like ‘Part of the Band’, ‘Happiness’ is all instinct and all the better for it. Reconnected to their roots, nobody does it better. Sky high expectations matched.