Notes on a Conditional Form

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Notes on a Conditional Form
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Studio album by
Released21 February 2020 (2020-02-21)
  • George Daniel
  • Matty Healy
The 1975 chronology
A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
Notes on a Conditional Form

Notes on a Conditional Form is the upcoming fourth studio album by English band The 1975, scheduled for release on 21 February 2020 through Dirty Hit and Polydor Records. The album follows their third album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (2018) and is the second of two albums from their third release cycle, "Music for Cars".


In 2017, The 1975 announced their third studio album would be titled Music for Cars,[1] in reference to their third extended play of the same name. Lead singer Matty Healy stated on Twitter that the band would release the album in 2018, followed by the release of an album under the name Drive Like I Do, the band's previous moniker, in the spring of the next coming years.

On 31 May 2018, the band released the single "Give Yourself a Try" from their third studio album, now titled A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. With the release came the announcement that Music for Cars was no longer an album, but rather an "era" containing two albums, scrapping the planned Drive Like I Do album in favour of releasing a fourth studio album in May 2019.[2]

On 21 February 2019, the band announced that the first single from the album would release on 31 May, with the album following "before Reading Festival", which is scheduled to take place on 23 August 2019.[3]

During a Reddit AMA on 5 March 2019, a fan asked if the album would be an emo record, to which Healy responded "Kind of yeah".[4] He later reiterated the comment in an article with NME on 15 April 2019; "I’m an active emo man I suppose I’d call myself, I think that bands when they get to a stage that maybe we’re in they wanna kind of graduate into being like a massive rock band whereas we wanna graduate like into being a small emo band, if you know what I mean".[5]

On 14 April 2019, Healy also shared a promotional image on Twitter teasing artwork for the album.[6] Three days later, Healy retweeted a video of him performing an unreleased song titled "Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America", and adding the caption "Notes".[7]

On 23 July 2019, as with all other eras, all social media pages associated with the band became deactivated. The next day, all band accounts were reactivated and the first song on the album, "The 1975", was released, featuring a monologue from climate change activist Greta Thunberg. A countdown then began counting down to the release of the lead single, "People", slated for release on 22 August 2019. The album was subsequently announced for release on 21 February 2020 via an iTunes preorder. It will be 22 tracks long, making it their longest album to date.[8]

On 7 August 2019, Matty Healy tweeted "Notes On A Conditional Fucking Best Album Yet".[9]


In an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Healy explained that the album would be inspired by British nighttime culture, adding that it contains references to "the beauty of the M25 and all those lights and going to McDonald's and listening to garage records in a haze in a Peugeot 206."[10] He also told Q that the album has a style similar to English alternative hip hop music group The Streets and British electronic musician Burial.[11] In a separate interview, he added that the record has "one of my best lyrics ever."[12]

On Beats 1, Healy confirmed that the first single will be released at midnight on 31 May 2019, and said that the band are trying to decide between three songs to lead off the next album.[13] However, they did not release any new music on 31 May nor the weekend. Later that week, Healy stated "I will start putting music out in August but I really don’t know when the whole album will be out".[14]

On 24 July 2019, the band released the first song off the album, "The 1975". This introduction, unlike previous years, featured an essay from climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Track listing[edit]

Adapted from Apple Music. The album will feature 22 tracks in total.[8]

1."The 1975" (spoken by Greta Thunberg)4:55


  1. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (27 April 2017). "The 1975 Announce New Album Music for Cars". Spin. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Beats 1 on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Matty Healy confirms the 1975's first 'Notes on a Conditional Form' single will be out May 31st". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ "ACKLIOS comments on It's me I'm here I'm Watching". Reddit. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Matty Healy teases details and artwork of The 1975's "sort of emo" new album, 'Notes On A Conditional Form'". NME. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  6. ^ "matty on Twitter: Notes On A Conditional Form". NME. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ "matty on Twitter: Notes". Retrieved 18 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ a b "Notes On a Conditional Form by The 1975". Apple Music. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
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  10. ^ "BBC Radio 1 on Twitter". Twitter. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  11. ^ Earls, John (14 January 2019). "The 1975 reveal surprise influences for next album 'Notes On A Conditional Form'". NME. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  12. ^ Krol, Charlotte (30 November 2018). "The 1975's Matty Healy says 2019 album 'Notes On A Conditional Form' has elements of UK garage and his "best lyrics ever"". NME. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  13. ^ Beats1 (21 February 2019). ""The first single comes out midnight, May 31st." @Truman_Black says @the1975 are trying to decide between three songs to lead off the next album". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  14. ^ Connick, Tom (4 June 2019). "The 1975's new album 'Notes On A Conditional Form': Release date, tour dates and everything we know so far". NME. Retrieved 23 June 2019.