"I'm sorry that I'm kinda queer/ It's not as weird as it appears," The 1975 frontman Matty Healy whines over strumming guitar on the band's newest single, "Me & You Together Song." He follows it up with an admission, one that's nearly apologetic, but accepting all the same: "It's 'cause my body doesn't stop me."
The new track is the fourth to be released from the Manchester band's forthcoming studio album, Notes On A Conditional Form. Matty Healy recently announced a delay of the album's release, which was originally scheduled for next month but is now April 24, 2020. If "Me & You Together Song" is any indication of the material on the upcoming record, then it will have been well worth the wait upon its full rollout.
A departure from the punk-tinted "People" and the UK garage-influenced "Frail State of Mind," the new song is a callback to '90s era dream-pop. Approaching Marcy Playground levels of dreamy melancholy, "Me & You Together Song" is entirely a love song, one filled with longing. In typical Matty Healy fashion, the verses and chorus are revelations about love and lust, while somehow remaining sonically nihilistic. Perhaps it's the enduring soft-rock instrumental track, which captivates the majority of the song's frequencies. Healy's voice is merely supplemental, with the guitar plucks telling the story all the same as the lovelorn lyrics.
"Me & You Together Song," while serene to some extent — it's easy to imagine swaying in a lover's arms to the track — is rather unsettling as well. Something about the track is full-blast and full-volume, making love and longing a point of contention rather than celebration.
Along with the new song, The 1975 have announced a full spring 2020 North American tour for Notes On A Conditional Form. Phoebe Bridgers is opening! Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 24, at 9AM local time, and pre-sale tickets are available now.