Quite Poetic

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When I first heard the new album title, I thought it was a joke.

Submitted: March 13, 2016

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Quite Poetic

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When The 1975 first announced their new album’s name, I thought it was a joke. I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, sounded like something you’d find on a tumblr blog. Most people would think of it as quite a pretentious title. Before listening to the album, a part of me agreed. I didn’t really think there was a huge meaning behind the title that they were trying to get across. I felt like the band might have just been trying to create a new image, or that they only wanted to sound very poetic.

After listening to the album — more times than I’d care to admit — I realized there was a hidden story. Throughout the album, there are many hidden easter eggs that reference old songs such as, “I never found love in the city.” a line that acknowledges their song “The City”. There are a fair amount of other lines that jump back to their first album, and the songs within it. The references make you believe that Matty once thought he found the love of his life or had them in his hands, only for them to leave.

Because of these allusions one could conclude that the album is actually about Matty’s relationship and why it all ended, not just the band trying to sound artsy and poetic, like I first thought. Track number twelve, named after the album, feels like a dream sequence due to the ambient like tones and soft whispers of people talking. Healy appears to be asking his significant other to shut off the light before they leave, but also begging them to stay with him at the same time. Since the song has the same name as the album, I feel like it really let’s you know that what this song is about, is ultimately what the whole album is about. So, after listening multiple times to the song and picking it apart, it would appear that the whole album is Matty’s way of saying goodbye and getting over a past love

 


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