The 1975 may still be two weeks away from releasing their eagerly-anticipated fourth album Notes on a Conditional Form (we encourage you to debate the meaning of that title) on May 22nd, but the Manchester gents continues to tease the record by dropping singles meant to lead us through the looking glass. Indeed, the latest, “If You’re too Shy (Let Me Know),” comes quickly on the heels of “The Birthday Party,” “Me & You Together Song,” and the melancholy “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” – the latter featuring a guest vocal by Phoebe Bridgers.
Now, eight weeks of quarantine have found us sliding into nostalgia—and “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” is like a welcome escape hatch down into the rabbit hole of all our John Hughes driven fantasies. The impossibly infectious track, with its ’80s synth-pop swells, punctuated with a soaring sax solo (we miss those), could easily have been plucked from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, a modern day take on Duckie’s wistful musings about his unrequited love for Andie—if Andie was a girl he’d met online rather than IRL.
“Girl of your dreams know what I mean? / There’s something about her stare makes you nervous / And you say things that you don’t mean”
It deftly delivers more of what we have come to expect from The 1975: clever lyrics set against an expansive, sexy and danceable backdrop, nodding to the likes of INXS and Tears for Fears (with bonus FKA twigs vocal intro). As big as the song is, the video is a pared down affair. Shot in black and white, the band is lined up against a wall while frontman Matty Healy offers a restrained, smoldering-under-the-surface performance, serving up equal parts vulnerability and sneering swagger.
Really, it’s just what we needed.