The 1975 return to synthpop with If ‘You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)’

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The 1975 dropped their new single, If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) last night, with a monochromatic performance video to boot. This marks the seventh cut from their forthcoming album, Notes on a Conditional Form, slated for release on 22 May 2020.

Their latest release is set in the indulgence of an 80’s, synthpop soundscape. This is no new frontier for The 1975—we’ve seen deep-dives into the same musical territory in their past two projects (The 1975, and I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It).

On this one, Matty journals his meander around online intimacy, cybersex and a whole lot of confusion and fear. It’s a sax-heavy tune with distinct drum plods, heavily reminiscent of 2013’s banger, Heart Out. Both carry a rich saxophone solo that works itself seamlessly into the foreground—a feat given the track’s explosive chorus and extremely punchy hooks.

The song’s visuals see the band return to their own catalogue in two ways. One, the unmistakable cinematic stylings of John Hughes as inspiration for much of their material. Two, and more importantly, Matty’s signature mohawk making a reappearance for a whole five minutes. It’s classic The 1975 lore, and I’m here for all of it.

If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) is a euphoric anthem that’s a whole lot of fun. It speaks to our modern condition, delivered with sincerity, vulnerability and irony in equal measure. It’s sure to provide the weary-hearted all the comfort laced with just enough disorientation and unsettledness that a classic The 1975 track always promises.

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