The 1975– It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) (Song Sunday #14)


Recently, I’ve really gotten into the English band The 1975 (including last week’s post here). This week, I want share another song from them I’ve gotten hooked on. Titled “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You),” it’s a 1970’s/1980’s-inspired power ballad that’s sure to get you hooked within seconds of listening to it.

What makes this particular track enjoyable to listen to is that its sound can pretty much resonate with any genre in any era. From the 1970’s power ballad to today’s electro-beat sound, this track has that upbeat, dance-funk vibe to it that’s sure to get you dancing at any time!

Granted, the lyrics themselves are any but upbeat, which I suppose is what The 1975 are going for, in terms of juxtaposing lyrics with music. From what I’ve gathered, the lyrics talk about heroin addiction (an issue which lead singer Matty Healy has openly discussed about himself, actually), and it’s great that it’s being acknowledged, all the while in an upbeat manner.

Even if you’re far-removed from being a dancer, this song is sure to get even the most-reluctant person out on the dance floor. Overall, it has a feel-good beat (even if the lyrics themselves aren’t feel good at all), and it’s sure to have you hooked!

Feel free to give this song a listen, will you? Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

— The Finicky Cynic

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