Somebody Else - The 1975


"Somebody Else" by The 1975
Written by: Reagan
Edited by: Miguel

The 1975 are back at it again with an abstract work of art. Their new music video for their song "Somebody Else" off their album 'I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it', takes us on an interesting journey of self discovery after a bad breakup. 

It is theatrical mixed with realistic elements to provide an interesting story that the viewers can find relatable when looking between the lines. With a surprise twist at the end, "Somebody Else" portrays in real-life action what goes on inside our heads when struggling with self-assurance. 

The story begins as the conclusion to The 1975's video for "A Change of Heart." Still in black and white, Matt Healy removes his clown makeup and changes into modern attire. A woman sits silently on the couch with her head down to symbolize her change in heart over the relationship after finding somebody else. He leaves the room and enters onto the streets of London to explore the wild nightlife. He's been left to learn how to love himself and explore life alone. 

Self discovery is something everybody has been through, and The 1975 portray it through a breakup which is another understandable topic. However, they take it to another level, and even the extreme, with their over the top sexual explicitness.

Wandering the streets alone, Matt Healy is stuck in his head. He attempts to escape his depression by lashing out and emotionally destroying himself. He drinks, he fights, and he hooks up. But, ultimately the only way to move on is to learn to love yourself. Literally. 

Taking the abstract video and turning it literal, Matt Healy is seen in the back of a car on a rainy night having sex with himself. You think it's the girl he left the club with, but it's him. This depicts the message that before you can love somebody else you need to love yourself. The shock factor is there for the viewer's pleasure, but it's a deep message that needs to be universally understood. 

The "Somebody Else" music video physically shows the work that needs to be done mentally inside us all. It's dark, it's mysterious, and most importantly it's interesting. The 1975 are masterful storytellers, and their creativity seeps out of every twisted seam. The ingenious surprise ending is unique, and definitely sticks in the brain, making it unforgettable. It's aesthetically beautiful and filled with metaphoric depth. Being 8 minutes long, it can be hard to get through, but it is well worth it even if it requires stepping out of your comfort zone. Be sure to check it out!

Posted on July 13, 2016 .