Listen: The 1975 channel country-twang for ‘The Birthday Party’

You know how the 1975 promised us that their new studio album would be different than all the others?

You know how we kind of rolled our eyes and were like “whatever”?

Well, maybe we shouldn’t doubt the band anymore.

On Wednesday (Feb. 19), the British act unleashed another new song from their much-anticipated new album Notes on a Conditional Form. Titled “The Birthday Party,” the song finds the four-piece somehow combining their signature Brit-pop sound with some country-esque twang (yes, that’s a banjo you hear) to give us this five-minute ballad.

We know it sounds like a combination that’s poised for failure, but it’s the 1975 so don’t doubt them (as we have learned).

“The Birthday Party” made its official debut during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music earlier in the day.

Watch the music video for the new track above. As a warning, it’s weird somehow managing to interweave the SIM, memes from the 2000s, Microsoft crash screens, CDs, flossing, and yeah, just watch it.

“The Birthday Party” is the fifth single off the group’s much anticipated fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form. It joins their traditional “The 1975” track, “People,” “Frail State of Mind,” and last month’s new tune “Me & You Together Song” on the forthcoming studio effort.

Notes on a Conditional Form is due out April 24 through Dirty Hits/Interscope. Pre-save and pre-order options are available on the band’s website. Notes on a Conditional Form is the sister companion album to 2018’s A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

In support of its springtime release date, the band previously announced plans for a North American outing. The cross-continent excursion begins on April 27 at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston. It concludes a month-and-a-half later on June 11 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

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