The 1975’s new single, a cover Sade’s ‘By Your Side’ premiered on Radio 1 tonight.
The track is in aid of War Child – a charity which protects and educates children living through war – as is the band’s intimate show at London’s Dome tomorrow night.
Sade released ‘By Your Side’ in 2000 as a romantic RnB ballad, but The 1975 have added their own synth-pop sound to it, with multi-layered vocal effects and smooth sax creating a dreamy feel.
Speaking to MistaJam on Radio 1, The 1975’s Matty Healy said:
“If you listen to Kanye, if you listen to Bon Iver, if you listen to Francis and the Lights, moments on that Chance record—that song, “By Your Side,” has so much of that kind of identity. When I was listening to it, I was listening to it with this real kind of sense of modernity and thinking, ‘Wow, this is still really, really forward-thinking.'”
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The track is the first new release from the band since last year’s critically acclaimed album ‘ I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It’ and when asked if the next record will feature this style, Healy said,
“Sonically, yeah, I’m sure it will do… but honestly, there’s so much that’s going to happen next that, I mean, you can take this as the barometer of what’s next and that’s fine, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, but there’s lots going on at the moment, so it’s going to be good.”
So it sounds like The 1975‘s third album will be as diverse and surprising as their last – and we can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.
Hear ‘By Your Side’ via BBC Radio 1 now.