Fans of The 1975 know what a song called “The 1975” means. But they tweak the formula a bit this time, providing a lyrical platform to climate activist Greta Thunberg.
On The 1975’s 2018 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, Matty Healy expanded his lyrics from escapism to activism. Remember how “Love It If We Made It” regurgitated several years of news headlines a la the Prince classic “Sign O’ The Times”? Notes On A Conditional Form seems to continue that trajectory. At least for the opening track.
Swedish teen Greta Thunberg started protesting her government to address climate change last year. She was 15. She recites the spoken-word essay featured on the most recent version of “The 1975” below.
It seems safe to expect “The 1975” will open Notes On A Conditional Form when the album finally arrives on February 20, 2020.