Album Review: The 1975 – Sex EP

By on Wednesday, 24th October 2012 at 12:00 pm

After the moderate disappointment of the ‘Facedown’ EP, the 1975 have a lot to prove with this, their second EP in 4 months. The feeling with ‘Facedown’ was that the group were holding back, only putting one ‘big’ track ‘The City’ on it. Whilst other tracks, namely ‘Woman’, were powerful growers that displayed the group’s ability to calm down and produce quiet tracks with raw emotion, it wasn’t the EP many were expecting. So, what does the ‘Sex’ EP have to offer?

Well, for starters, an intro to match that of any strong record. It’s got a more upbeat feel that signals what’s to come. Its slow build into a blend of Star Slinger and late Kings of Leon whilst still maintaining a lyrical subject that doesn’t drop their Manchester nights-out roots pushes their sound as a unit forward more than anything on Facedown and it’s a refreshing change.

After this excitement though, the second track, ‘Undo’ is a sad return to filler music. It sounds like a track that’s had more effort put into the delicate production than the actual music it forms. Could it sound good as a powerful track? Probably, but we’ll never find out. The disappointment doesn’t last long however as the centerpiece of the 1975’s hype up until now, ‘Sex’ pulses through your ears next. With every confident beat leading up to the “and this is how it starts”, you feel that the potential that’s desperately been trying to burst out of the Mancunian group has finally found a home and as the refrain of “she’s got a boyfriend anyway” blares out, you can almost picture venues nationwide shouting it right back at them with understanding adoration. Top this off with the glittering guitar line of ‘You’ closing the EP, you feel that they’ve finally achieved the sound that will see them survive.

They may have had multiple name changes, re-recordings and the rest of it, but the 1975 have stayed true to themselves and whilst their current sound is that of shiny production, it’s still got the raw power at its heart that should see their debut record push them forward, come the new year.


The 1975’s next EP ‘Sex’ is out on the 19th of November on Dirty Hit.

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