Matty Healy eyes the gathering of alarm clocks on his nightstand from his mattress and heads to the mirror. His reflection shrieks at him. And that’s how The 1975’s “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” video kicks off its hallucination-filled ‘80s-style montage.
Modeled after the Talking Heads’ 1984 Stop Making Sense live performance movie, the 7:23 visible — which dropped Monday, Dec. three — seems to characterize the disorientation and struggles related to dependancy.
The dreamlike collage has Healy’s bandmate Adam Hann awakening him backstage earlier than a live performance. Knocking a glass off a desk, Healy emerges in a David Byrne-style go well with, surrounded by a band and dancers that look as they might have been plucked proper out of the unique Talking Heads present. Healy and firm even bust out in the identical jog-like dance strikes, however he quickly turns into disoriented by a collection of trippy occasions: occasions slows down, his mouth appears to vanish, hearth licks round his legs and a duplicate of himself sends him a wink and a kiss from afar.
Healy then takes a step again from the chaos solely he can see. The music halts, and he walks by way of a door and onto the set of the "Sincerity is Scary" music video. He watches absently as his clone gleefully skips down the road. The singer pushes again into the live performance the place the dancers have robotically proceed on with out him — or music — to accompany them.
He will get again into it, persevering with to battle complicated visions, ultimately awakening once more backstage, earlier than the live performance. The video ends with retro yellow credit showing atop footage of the Talking Heads-modeled efficiency.
The 29-year-old frontman of the English electropop band lately opened up about his struggles with medicine and his time at a rehab clinic late final 12 months; Healy informed Billboard that “It’s Not Living” is “the massive heroin one."
Watch the brand new drop for your self under (in addition to a clip from the Stop Making Sense live performance for comparability).