I remember when I heard this song was being released thinking that I would finally have an idea of what the next album would sound like. And here I am, somewhat disappointed but also upset that the album release date has been pushed? I’m definitely going to listen to all of it but I don’t know how I’ll feel about it.
Maybe that has something to do with how much I loved their last album–and I have a lot of thoughts about it–so my expectations are a bit higher than perhaps they should be.
I don’t really know how to feel about this song except to say that it’s catchy if nothing else. It has a feeling of, like, summer vacation when you were a teenager and vacation meant goofing off with your friends and swimming instead of working more hours. Sonically, it reminds me a lot of their self-titled album too, which is a nice call-back but at the same time makes me worry about them getting stuck. I felt similarly about Frail State of Mind and how much it sounded like their previous records.
I think the best way to describe how I felt on the first listen to this track is “huh”–maybe even “neat”. And I feel bad about it because this isn’t a bad song! In fact, it’s got some great moments in it.
But it isn’t what I wanted–and maybe that’s more on me than anything else.
In an interview with Matt Wilkinson, Healy talks about writing “pop songs that sound like they’re drowning” when describing the up-coming album and this track in particular. I think that’s a very apt way of describing it since there’s a lot of filtering on the vocals and there’s a kind of melancholic wash to the whole thing. It feels quite daydream-y.
In fact, on maybe the third listen I remember thinking “this could be in a film” and then Healy went on to talk about writing while he was working on a film idea. I felt pretty smug about that–but I suppose it says more about his talent than mine.
Probably one of my favourite parts of this song was at the very end when it switches from third-person to second-person. That’s a really nerdy reason to enjoy a song but hear me out. It changes the song from being a story told about someone to someone else and instead becomes a direct admission. That’s super important to the subject of the song because it’s all about being in love with someone and not telling them–for a pretty long time.
It makes me sad that it wasn’t sung that way when they played it live on BBC Radio 1. Healy actually acknowledges it later on though so at least he’s as self-aware as ever.
Well, it looks like we’re in for another long album with NOACF which I have mixed feelings about. It all goes back to Their second album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, which has a long running time to go with its long title. I enjoy that album and there are many songs on it that I adore… but it’s a really long album to listen to all the way through and I rarely do. There are songs I’ve barely listened to since it first came out just because they don’t hold up as well outside of the album.
Hopefully this really will be their best album yet but I’m going into it a little more cautious than I would have 6 months ago.