The 1975 – ‘How To Draw / Petrichor’
Unless you’ve been situated firmly underneath a rock for the last few days, by this point you’re almost certainly quite aware of the fact that The 1975 put out a new album at the end of last week called A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. For assorted reasons that I’m still attempting to break down, I’ve never previously come away from any encounter with the music of Messrs Healy & co. with any modicum of enthusiasm, so the fact that it’s actually pretty bloody good comes as an incredibly pleasant surprise, and that I persisted beyond the first 10 minutes to find that out for myself is largely thanks to one glorious glitchy eruption.
Sonically, the record attempts a hell of a lot in terms of genre, texture, and production, and perhaps the most surprising thing about it is how well it pulls pretty much everything off. Particularly situated as it is in the tracklist behind the flaccid pop pastiche ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME,’ double-ended ‘How To Draw / Petrichor’ is easily the most striking example of this brash flexibility in effect, pivoting from a delicate, robot-voiced rendition of a Target-only I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It offshoot into what Healy has labelled as “the morning and the night and Mcdonalds [sic] and the M25 and wilmslow [sic].”
Confessional, off-the-leash electronica is probably more how I’d describe it, with Healy using the second portion of the track to confront himself pre-rehab on how to live and begin to restore the relationships that his heroin habit had begun to erode. It might not be the most comfortable listen, and fans of their earlier singles may find the jump rather jarring, but ‘How To Draw / Petrichor’ is where this album really starts to mean business, and The 1975 sounds all the better for it.