While the title “I Love You” suggests, well, a love song, singer Grian Chatten describes it as “the first overtly political song we’ve written”. This is no straight-up middle finger to the government or any other power, though – it’s a tale of one man walking amidst his past and witnessing how it’s all crumbled in the present, and wondering what this means for the future. Like “Jackie Down The Line”, Fontaines perfectly animate his steps through Dublin streets, not overshadowing the frontman’s imagery. When it does come time for Chatten to start fully unloading about the horrors he perceives in the modern world, Fontaines back him with splashy and wan sounds, blowing up his concerns onto a widescreen canvas, showing perfect restraint rather than going for the ham-fisted rock out, making the concerns all the more scathing.
Chatten says: “It’s standing in the centre of our beloved home country as a multitude of things are brought to tragic ends in an apocalyptic state of affairs. That’s how it feels to me, and what I felt when I wrote it.”
Watch the video for “I Love You” below or listen on streaming platforms.