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Fans fall in love with “Love Me”

After a long summer of patiently awaiting the release of The 1975’s new music, the day has finally come. On Oct. 8, the British alternative rock band released their latest single, “Love Me.”

The band has recently gone through a makeover, keeping their fans on their toes. With a new look to match their new sound, they have shifted from their original black-and-white aesthetic to an electric pink-and-white image.

The 1975 has been teasing their fans on social media since June by posting messages to make it seem like the band was going to call it quits and also by deactivating all of their social media accounts. Their accounts were reactivated within 24 hours and were flooded with the new pink-and-white album art.

“Love Me” is the first look into their upcoming album that is said to drop in February 2016. The band announced its title, “I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.”

After listening to the new track, the reason why they went with the new color scheme is obvious. The song is flooded with groovy vibes and funky beats, differing widely from their original dark and brooding sound that matched the black-and-white aura.

The song is upbeat and electronic, which is sure to have fans moving and singing along with the lead singer, Matty Healy, as he screams his soul through the lyrics with a bottle of wine in his hand.

The track starts out with a synthesized guitar harmony that repeats throughout the song and mixes in a fusion of heavy drumbeats, bells and electropop sounds. Healy’s voice ranges from a mellow to screaming tone.

It adds some depth to the song that keeps it engaging and makes it enjoyable. The lyrics are catchy and easy to sing along to.

When listening to it, you could imagine yourself jamming out at the concert with many fans of the band. Although “Love Me” is a great song, it sounds like it could be a track on the album, “Talking Is Hard” from fellow synth-pop band Walk the Moon.

When I first heard “Love Me,” I immediately thought back to this album and also Walk the Moon’s sound. It makes sense though, because the two bands fall under a similar genre and carry an intertwining fan base. It makes me wonder, however, what the rest of the album will sound like and also if “Love Me” will top the charts as fast as Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” did.

No matter the sound, the 1975 has a strong fan base that seems to love them no matter what they do. “Love Me” is doing extremely well in the eyes of the fans, which is all that matters to the band.

As stated in one of their messages about the new song posted to Twitter the band writes, “This is for the fans.” Thankfully though, while we are anticipating their new album, we have “Love Me” to listen to.

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