The 1975 have been drip-feeding us singles ahead of the release of A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, the latest to be, ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’.
The band have been teasing album three since their second studio album tapered off over a year ago; in 2017 the boys dropped their live record, DH00278, which was exciting but still not the album we were looking for. Now, they still won’t even give a release date for A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, despite announcing three tracks in aid of the record.
Their previous release, ‘Love It If We Made It’ supposedly has references to Kanye West and Donald Trump’s relationship; lead singer, Matt Healy touches on the internet crazes when it comes to celebrity culture and the infatuation with possible relationships that come with it.
‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’ is a well-engineered track that, when compared to their self-titled debut from 2013, is drastically different in every way imaginable (aside from the reintroduction of the black and white signature “1975 box”). With an injection of reggae-infused beats and wobbly, electric vocals, this single suits the album title, previewing another element to an online relationship. “She said that I / I should have liked it / I told her I / Only use it sometimes”, reflects the dangerous back-and-forth of Instagram likes and in turn, an unhealthy impact social media can have on relationships.