The long awaited album is finally here. For frontman Matty Healy, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships isn't a statement, but more of a question. The title of the album itself is pays an homage to the idea on how all communication (essentially) outside of face to face, is done over the internet. Their previous album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, was such a success with singles such as Somebody Else and Love Me, its no wonder ABIIOR was as anticipated as it was.
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships deals heavily with Matty Healy's heroin and opioid addiction. In his interview with Beats 1, Matty expresses that he indeed checked himself into rehab after I Like It When You Sleep. The song that can provide an accurate description of what Matty faced during that time is It's Not Living (If It's Not With You).
"It's true that all I do is sit and think about you If I knew what you'd do Collapse my veins, wearing beautiful shoes It's not living if it's not with you"
-It's Not Living (If It's Now With You)
Though Matty may have been coy about it before, a reoccurring theme across The 1975's library is drugs. "Chocolate" for example is all about marijuana, and on their sophomore album "UGH!" is deals with Matty's previous addiction with cocaine.
Though the album does retain it's classic 1975 sound, it transports you to a realm of the band in which we hear violins and a jazzy saxophone. Being as it is still a very lyrically raw album, the production of ABIIOR is sonically captivating. Band member George Daniel is solely responsible for the craft on this album. Lyrics written by Matty himself, they make the perfect duo.
"TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" and "I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)" are my personal favorites form the album. "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" being having such an uplifting rhythm to it, "I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)" just really resonated with me for some reason, I haven't quite figured out why yet. The band has truly delivered an album of the year with A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Who knows what the 1975 will shelf out for Notes On A Conditional Form scheduled for release next year.