The 1975's 2022 offering, Being Funny In A Foreign Language, features eleven all-new tracks that continue to take fans down a dreamy path that singer and songwriter Matty Healy and the rest of the band have laid both delicately and purposefully.
Historically taking fans on a journey through the intricacies of the human experiences, where this album resides in a wider sense, Matty admits, is similar to the band's previous efforts. "I think it kind of picks up from 'A Brief Inquiry...', our third record, a little bit in the way that it's still very much about consumption of love, and content, and media, and substances, all those kind of things which has been my subject matter for a long time. I think what separates this record from the previous records is that it's a bit more of a snapshot, as opposed to this huge, sprawling kind of narrative."
"I feel like every record, I've needed to get out -- it's been like all my previous records have been like, 'everything that's ever happened, everything that's happening now, and everything that could happen in the future,'" he explains. "This record we were just like, 'no let's just kind of be where we are now,' and that bled into the way that it was made, and the way that it was recorded, and the pace that it moves at, and the length that it is."
"I don't really go into anything with any expectations, but we always allow for any revelations that take place" Matty describes The 1975's writing process this time around. "I think the main one was that I've always been very, let's say self-aware. I don't want to use words like 'postmodern,' but kind of postmodern in the way that a character in a film knows he's a character in a film. I've always done that a lot in my music," Matty says. "It's always been a way that I've been able to be sincere but then critique myself. I kind of cut myself off at the pass before I get into the corny or the sentimental. With this record, I challenged myself, and was challenged by the band on particular moments."
"We're kind of stepping into an era of sincerity," Matty adds, "and that's something that I've been talking about has been coming for a while. We've even had songs called 'Sincerity Is Scary' -- my fear of just saying stuff like 'tell me you love me, that's all I need to hear,' without referencing my genitals."
Elsewhere in the episode, Matty discusses writing songs that don’t have choruses, his plans to produce more for other artists, the pitfalls of over-analyzing art, influences such as Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem, and Joy Division -- and much more.
Listen to Matty Healy's full episode on the Kyle Meredith With... podcast above, and follow along for updates from WFPK's Kyle Meredith as he speaks to a wide breadth of musicians, digging deep into the artist's work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going -- from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2, and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.
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