"Medicine" - The 1975 [SoundCloud Audio Stream + Lyrics]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published October 31, 2014

Last night, the BBC aired a special version of the movie Drive where all the original score had been replaced by newly recorded music by up-and-coming artists including Baauer, BANKS, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, CHVRCHES, Foals, The Neighbourhood, and SBTRKT. Above, you can listen to The 1975's contribution, "Medicine," and read the lyrics.

The slow, lush track is sure to melt hearts across the world. The bass guitar is the backbone for the track, along with a strong kick drum. Flourishes of electric guitar, keyboard, percussion, and steel drums fill out the space beautifully and keep a nice groove going. The vocals are light and breathy, with lots of reverb that give a sense of hugeness.

On the SoundCloud page, the band shared this note:

'Medicine' was written especially for the Zane Lowe curated rescore of the 'Drive' movie soundtrack.

After we stole him we made our way from Los Angeles through the Californian desert to Las Vegas. Drowning my sorrows and (narrowly) avoiding conflict from many directions..... I sat down with Jim (Zane Lowe's Producer) and he began to explain to me how he was in the process of re-scoring a movie and did we want to be involved. The film in question was the modern classic ‘Drive’. So of course my answer was ‘yes’. We wrote Medicine for our chosen scenes. Medicine, it’s title and sentiment, goes all the way back to the original The 1975 project that was based in my bedroom. It’s a new piece of music informed by the genesis of our band and our love for ‘Drive’ as a film. Having the opportunity to re-score a movie of which we were already so familiar provided us with a sense of knowing and allowed us to be slightly more introspective than we maybe would have been approaching something unknown. The movie itself plays with the duality of resignment and hope - and this is most obvious and stirring in the scenes we chose to score. The song is a testament to that same idea and has in turn become one of our most personal and best loved pieces of music to date. I won’t delve into what the song is about lyrically because frankly I want to put those ideas to bed; but being provided with the context in which Medicine came to be, it allowed the song to become a mausoleum for those ideas, captured, diverted and frozen forever. Which is pretty cool x

Matthew Healy

"Medicine" is currently available on iTunes and Spotify.

For The 1975's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.


Source: The 1975 SoundCloud

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