If I Believe You // The 1975

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In unusual fashion, my favorite song off of The 1975’s newest album “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,” is the longest. “If I Believe You” is a handcrafted masterpiece that has elements of almost every genre of music molded into one perfect entity.

This is my favorite song from the album for another reason. I’m in Philosophy 101 this semester and we’ve spent the entire time talking about God and whether or not he exists. It’s a question I’ve been asking myself for a pretty long time and more often recently. This song delves into the confusion I myself face when any discussion of God arises. The lyrics to this song are totally and completely on par with how I feel. They’re beautiful.

I mean, if it was you that made by body you probably shouldn’t have made me atheist.

This is a great summation of how I’m feeling. If there is a God, how could anyone possibly doubt His existence? Wouldn’t He want all of us to know where we come  from and why we’re here? I’m not saying that I am an Atheist. I identify as an Agnostic at this point because I just can’t decide if I have enough proof to commit to one set idea. Maybe my problem is I can’t rely on faith itself to give me a definitive answer. I need facts. Maybe that just comes with the territory of being a journalist.

And if I believe you, would that make it stop?
If I told you I need you, is that what you want?
I’m broken and bleeding and begging for help
And I’m asking you Jesus, show yourself.

I really want to talk about the different kind of sounds this song has. It’s got it all, I swear. There’s electronic downbeats, the plucking of some string instrument’s strings, hymnal choruses backing up Matty Healy’s voice, a little bit of quick speech that I’ll associate with rap for my purposes here. It’s pop but it’s not at the same time. There’s saxophone to give it a jazzy feel that really gets my heart pumping.

The song starts out with notes from what I am assuming is an organ, though I could be wrong with the sounds of children yelling in the background unintelligibly. It morphs into electronic claps and downbeats which compliment Healy’s soft yet sharp voice. When he moves into the chorus of the song, a choir backs his vocals which sends chills down my spine every time I hear it. From there it plays with pop sounds but remains sophisticated. Near the halfway mark of the song, the jazzy notes are introduced and the saxophone takes over for Healy’s singing. It gives the song a more refined tone and sophistication that I mentioned earlier. It gives the listener time to reflect on the lyrics and get in the mood to really ponder what he’s trying to say.

If I’m lost, then how can I find myself?
If I’m lost then how can I find myself?
If I’m lost then how can I find myself?
If I’m lost now then how can I find myself?

This song is an incredible masterpiece and I really hope it won’t be overlooked as the album gets played more and more in the upcoming months.

Much Love,

Nicole

 

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