Frail State of Mind

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"Frail State of Mind"
The 1975 – Frail State of Mind.jpeg
Single by The 1975
from the album Notes on a Conditional Form
Released24 October 2019 (2019-10-24)
  • Adam Hann
  • George Daniel
  • Ross MacDonald
  • Matty Healy
  • George Daniel
  • Matty Healy
The 1975 singles chronology
"Frail State of Mind"
"Me & You Together Song"
Music video
"Frail State of Mind" on YouTube

"Frail State of Mind" is a song by British pop rock band, The 1975. The song is the second single off of the band's forthcoming fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form. The single was released on 24 October 2019.[5]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

In an interview with Zane Lowe of Beats 1 prior to the track's premiere, Matty Healy described the song about anxiety in general and said that we as a society are having a global anxiety attack.[6][7] The song's lyrics focus on how humans deal with introverted behaviour, social situations, and modern day communication.

Critical reception[edit]

Trey Alston, writing for MTV said that "Frail State of Mind" is "what anxiety sounds like", describing the song as a pacy track with a "foggy whirl of thick drums". Alston further said that the song "sounds like a racket. Drums crawl around and constantly smash into each other as elastic synths unfurl and roll back up".[8]

Chris DeVille of Stereogum described the song as a "soft-rock ballad that matches drizzly autumnal textures with a brisk programmed beat informed by Burial-style dubstep." DeVille further said that "Frail State of Mind"'s sound is "a tender, hyper-modern lullaby about depression."[3]

Herman Mamo of Billboard called "Frail State of Mind" a "UK garage single [that] sounds sad in subject but feels consoling in context", and that the percussion feels like "pins and needles" in context.[1]


Chart (2019) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 69
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[10] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 54
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[12] 17

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label(s) Ref.
Various 24 October 2019 [13]
United Kingdom 25 October 2019 Contemporary hit radio [14]


  1. ^ a b "The 1975 Expose Their 'Frail State of Mind' in Antsy New Single". Billboard. 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ Corcoran, Nina (2019-10-24). "The 1975 enter a "Frail State of Mind" on new song: Stream". Consequence of Sound. Chicago: Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on 2019-10-25. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  3. ^ a b DeVille, Chris (24 October 2019). "The 1975 – "Frail State Of Mind"". Stereogum. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  4. ^ Smith, Thomas (2020-01-14). "The 1975 return to their roots on the devastatingly sincere 'Me and You Together Song'". NME.
  5. ^ Ruiz, Matthew Ismael (24 October 2019). "The 1975 Share New Song "Frail State of Mind": Listen". Pitchfork. Conde Nast. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  6. ^ Lowe, Zane. "Watch: The 1975's Matthew Healy on "Frail State of Mind"". Apple Music. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  7. ^ Spanos, Brittany (24 October 2019). "The 1975 Explore Their 'Frail State of Mind' on New Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  8. ^ Alston, Trey (24 October 2019). "The 1975 Explain Anxiety in Easy Terms on the Mysterious 'frail State of Mind'". MTV. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  9. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  10. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  12. ^ "The 1975 Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  13. ^ "The 1975 Share New "Frail State of Mind" Video: Watch". Pitchfork. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Radio 1 Playlist". BBC. 26 October 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.

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