The 1975 have shared another single from new album ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’.
First taking shape in a jam session, ‘Happiness’ certainly has that meandering, spontaneous feel to it – like a looser, more expansive take on their classic sound. And much like ‘Part of the Band’ before it, it feels instinctive and organic – as if it’s all come together very naturally. Of course the song still has those iconic 1975 touchpoints – the huge sax solo, clipped guitars, addictive, glitching production – as they recontextualise their well-known influences into a fun, meandering wall of sound. It’s the sound of the band having fun, and we’re here for it.
Speaking with Zane Lowe at Apple Music 1, Healy described the new track like so:
“Happiness” is like… there’s literally loads of us in the room on that track. Locked eyes…Doesn’t really have much structure. It came through like jamming. And we haven’t done that in like years. So we just wanted this record to be really like a captured moment and not be too constructed and even produced that much…we did it in like a day or so. And it’s us having fun. And I think that there’s this real desire in art to see something remarkable with as little technology as possible. Do you know what I mean? Like you don’t need like Paul Thomas Anderson to direct a hundred meters.
“Happiness” totally sounds like something that emerged from a jam session. Healy also spoke about working with Jack Antonoff on the new album:
We spent the whole of 2021 trying to figure out what this was. It wasn’t as obvious as it seemed by the time we got to the beginning of this year and made the record. We tried loads of different things. It was like some kind of continuation of Notes for a little bit. And then, what happened was beabadoobee was making a record, and Jack Antonoff was maybe going to do it. So that’s when me and Jack Antonoff started talking about that. I love Jack’s work, and those Lana records in particular, like some of my favorite stuff. So we were talking about that. We became friends talking about production and what I was doing and what he was wanting to do and what I was wanting to do. And then I kind of just thought, “Well, this is like a really nice new energy.” I don’t… Because we are so closed, me and George, we’ve always been so closed. “Why don’t you, like, come down to the studio and see what happens?” And then he did. And then ever since, we were just great, great friends. And Jesus, man, I think that guy has a reputation for being busy, but I can tell you, he’s just good. He’s so good. What he does is identifies what an artist is really good at or where the truth is coming from. And it’s a bit like, if you think of, like, a great comedian, the language of, like, sense of humor, they can sense where the humor is in the situation. Jack’s like, he’s like me, you know what I mean? He’s [a] culture vulture, he’s full of references. He knows his shit, man. He understands what artists need at any given moment. And it happened very, very naturally”
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Photo by Samuel Bradley