22 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the many reasons to listen to The 1975’s new track “The Birthday Party” is the insight it seemingly gives us into Matty Healy’s bathroom etiquette. On top of an ambling rhythm and strains of country and bluegrass, he sings, “You put the tap on to cover up the sound of your piss/After four years don’t you think I’m over all this?/That’s rich from a man who can’t shit in a hotel room he’s gotta share for a bit.” The song, which also addresses relationships, interactions and sobriety, is the latest taste of the band’s fourth album. “We’ve gone full circle,” Healy tells Apple Music. “This album is very like the early EPs: dreamy, hazy and quite broken and deconstructed.” That sense of broken music is embodied by “Me & You Together Song” and its alloy of fuzz and melody that recalls the early-’90s shoegazing era. “We always talk about a type of music, or like we call it, faded splendour—pop songs that sound like they’re kind of drowning,” he says. “So our favourite music is kind of inherently beautiful. It’s not pretty but kind of fractured or a bit jangly or overly distorted. And I think that the whole record is like that, and this is a stark example of that idea.”

“Frail State of Mind” mines even further into the band’s past. “[It’s] music from when we were teenagers,” Healy says. “The darker side of garage is something I’ve always loved. To me, it sounds like driving down the M25 late at night with the passing of lights and the smoking of stuff. Music for Cars was the title of one of our EPs. Mike Skinner [of The Streets] always spoke about how garage clubs were intimidating to him as a teen so he experienced the music at his mates’ houses or in cars smoking weed, and that's what my experience was. So much time spent in my car listening to music then going home and making music with George [Daniel, The 1975 drummer]. That was one of the happiest times of my life.”

These songs arrived after two very different introductions to the album. “People” is a frantic slice of punk energy motivated by the May 2019 abortion bill passed in Alabama, while the self-titled opener features Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. “I think there’s an expectation that it’ll be the climate record,” Healy says. “There are moments such as the first two songs, but it’s more to do with my environment. Like every 1975 record, it’s quite odd and doesn’t stay in one place for very long. It’s about what I’m scared of and what I’m hopeful for, and what I love and what I think that makes me cringe.” Pre-add Notes on a Conditional Form to your library now and once it’s released on 24 April, the entire album will be available in your library instantly.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the many reasons to listen to The 1975’s new track “The Birthday Party” is the insight it seemingly gives us into Matty Healy’s bathroom etiquette. On top of an ambling rhythm and strains of country and bluegrass, he sings, “You put the tap on to cover up the sound of your piss/After four years don’t you think I’m over all this?/That’s rich from a man who can’t shit in a hotel room he’s gotta share for a bit.” The song, which also addresses relationships, interactions and sobriety, is the latest taste of the band’s fourth album. “We’ve gone full circle,” Healy tells Apple Music. “This album is very like the early EPs: dreamy, hazy and quite broken and deconstructed.” That sense of broken music is embodied by “Me & You Together Song” and its alloy of fuzz and melody that recalls the early-’90s shoegazing era. “We always talk about a type of music, or like we call it, faded splendour—pop songs that sound like they’re kind of drowning,” he says. “So our favourite music is kind of inherently beautiful. It’s not pretty but kind of fractured or a bit jangly or overly distorted. And I think that the whole record is like that, and this is a stark example of that idea.”

“Frail State of Mind” mines even further into the band’s past. “[It’s] music from when we were teenagers,” Healy says. “The darker side of garage is something I’ve always loved. To me, it sounds like driving down the M25 late at night with the passing of lights and the smoking of stuff. Music for Cars was the title of one of our EPs. Mike Skinner [of The Streets] always spoke about how garage clubs were intimidating to him as a teen so he experienced the music at his mates’ houses or in cars smoking weed, and that's what my experience was. So much time spent in my car listening to music then going home and making music with George [Daniel, The 1975 drummer]. That was one of the happiest times of my life.”

These songs arrived after two very different introductions to the album. “People” is a frantic slice of punk energy motivated by the May 2019 abortion bill passed in Alabama, while the self-titled opener features Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. “I think there’s an expectation that it’ll be the climate record,” Healy says. “There are moments such as the first two songs, but it’s more to do with my environment. Like every 1975 record, it’s quite odd and doesn’t stay in one place for very long. It’s about what I’m scared of and what I’m hopeful for, and what I love and what I think that makes me cringe.” Pre-add Notes on a Conditional Form to your library now and once it’s released on 24 April, the entire album will be available in your library instantly.

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