The 1975 have finally released their long-delayed album, Notes on a Conditional Form.
The gargantuan 22-track record, which follows 2018’s A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, skips across genres for an eclectic listening experience, from the searing rocker “People” to the radio-ready pop ditty “Me & You Together Song.”
A number of guests assist Matty Healy and co on the new record: Climate activist Greta Thunberg opens the album with a sobering monologue, Phoebe Bridgers appears on “Jesus Christ 2005 God Save America” and FKA twigs lends her voice to “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” and “What Should I Say.”
“It became such a personal record that there were no rules anymore,” Healy said of the album and its collaborations in a statement. “Anybody who had breached the intimacy of the studio was inherently part of the record already.”
Notes on a Conditional Form will soon be accompanied by 15 commissioned art pieces that address individual songs. The works will come from artists including Ai-Da, Alice Bucknell and Joey Holder, and explore the album’s themes of love, hope, technology and anxiety. The resulting collection will be released over the next two weeks on the band’s YouTube channel.
Listen to Notes on a Conditional Form here: