Now Hear This: The Best Pop Album of the Year (So Far)

There are certain things the Brits just do better: beer, surrealist comedy, subways, talking. Like all of the above, their version of pop music — particularly alt-pop — can encompass sounds and themes that are somehow less douchey, less processed, and, well, cooler than anything we crank out over here in the states.

There’s no better example of this right now than the 1975. Hailing from Manchester, they’re technically classified as indie rock, but they’re as pop as pop can be. They released a couple of EPs beginning mid-last year but finally dropped a full-length record just a few months back, and it’s sincerely one of the best albums of the year — the kind of thing that worms its way into your head through your ear and stays there. It’s a record made with the youthful passion of a band that’s not sure they’ll ever get the chance to make another album so they’d better throw everything they’ve got at this one.

Their debut single, Sex, will almost certainly turn up on our Best of the Year musical wrap-up here in late December, but for now here’s the first full track on the album.

This is The City.

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