The 1975: “Me & You Together Song”

On earlier singles from their upcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form, the 1975 took stock of the human condition: The eponymous opener “The 1975” was a hopeful monologue by the young climate activist Greta Thunberg, while on “People,” Matt Healy offered a blistering condemnation of the behaviors that brought us to this sorry position—when the looming threat of climate crisis means even something so banal as a Monday morning is a limited resource. But with “Me & You Together Song,” the Manchester quartet makes space for smaller-scale obstacles and personal triumphs within the narrative of imminent and near-incomprehensible loss.

“Me & You Together Song” is the antithesis of those confrontational earlier songs, with sparkling production that feels like it could lock you inside, glassy-eyed, for hours. “I had a dream where we had kids/You would cook, I’d do the nappies,” Healy sings, trying to convince a girl of his love. The song itself is a dream, a story of romance that plays out in a snow-globe where the idea of having kids doesn’t require contemplation of the disaster-struck world they may inhabit in the future. “I’ve been in love with her for ages,” he sings, drawing out the last syllable into a maudlin croon. The song is wholly inoffensive, and maybe that’s the point. It offers a false peace, a lull that lasts as long as the synthetic snow falls inside the glass.

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