The 1975's New Album: Title, Release Date, Tracklist, Rumours And Everything We Know So Far

8 June 2018, 11:19

The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
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By Emily-Jayne Beard

What can we expect from 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' and 'Notes On A Conditional Form'?

The 1975's second album campaign came to an end last summer as they headlined Latitude Festival in the UK, wrapping up nearly 2 whole years of touring and promo. While they've kept relatively quiet over the break, Matty in particular has been frequently tweeting the same phrases and clues alluding to their next album release.

Here's the latest news about the new album:

-The 1975 will be releasing a song with Dirty Hit's latest signee No Rome. The news was announced today (June 8) by their manager Jamie Oborne on Twitter. He confirmed that the collaboration would drop this summer, prior to the release of the band's third studio album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Matty Healy had previously said that he worked with No Rome on his debut EP, Loverboy Must Die, due for release later this year. "Love child no rome made an ep in my kitchen" he tweeted back in October, "and it's one of the most beautiful things to happen to pop music in quite a long time". It is not immediately clear if the song will feature on the 1975's new album or No Rome's new EP.

-The 1975 will release FOUR more songs before A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is released in October. The band's manager Jamie Oborne confirmed the news in a tweet yesterday (June 7). This follows a similar strategy to the ILIWYS... campaign when the band released 5 songs from the record before it's release. Intriguingly, Jamie followed that up with another tweet saying that the 5 songs wouldn't even be "half of the record", meaning we could be looking at another long track list like the last album (I'm down with another 17 track album tbh).

Here's all the information we have so far about the Music For Cars era:

The 1975 - A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships Artwork
The 1975 - A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships Artwork. Picture: Dirty Hit / The 1975

What will the album be called?

On June the 1st, Matty Healy confirmed on twitter that Music For Cars, which some previously speculated was the name of the upcoming album, was the name of the new 'era', which would be divided into two albums.

Matty had been posting on social media that Music For Cars would form the title of the band's third full-length effort. 
As the I Like It When You Sleep... era officially came to an end, Matty hinted at the future during the band's final tour date, headlining the main stage on Friday night of England's Latitude Festival: "We had an album called I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It. That album became an era and tonight is the end of that era. But it's the start of a new era... called Music for Cars."

The first of the two albums will be titled A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships and the second Notes On A Conditional Form.

While the meaning of the two album titles is unknown, Music For Cars is a reference to an EP that The 1975 released in 2013 under the same name.

When will the album be released?

The 1975 confirmed that they will be releasing not one but TWO albums as part of 'Music For Cars', the cumulative name for both releases.

Speaking on the release day of their lead single, they confirmed the first of the two releases, titled 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' will be released in October, with the follow up album 'Notes On A Conditional Form' to be released spring 2019.

What will the album be about?

In Q magazine back in May, Matty also confirmed that, in terms of subject matter, the band will veer into more "socially informed and kind-of politically motivated pop music". He was one of the few popstars who actually spoke out around Trump's election and the Brexit vote, making his position perfectly clear with regular speeches to the audience at shows, encouraging them to be more proactive.

And, judging by the words in his recent acceptance speech at The Brit Awards, the band are set to follow Katy Perry down the path of "purposeful pop". Whether that will be in the form of a direct protest song or just some references and themes will be revealed in time. But, given how lyrically pointed the dissection of fame was on their second record, we can assume that they will have a lot of direct targets to address next time around.

Plus, Matty Healy chatted to the NME recently as part of a cover story alongside Heather Baron-Gracie of Pale Waves, where he revealed it will be the third part of a trilogy linking all the albums together, revealing a full story of one person ("It's always kind of been my story. It spanned adolescence to maturity, success and trying to mediate the two, and the third one is where we are now").

Manager Jamie Oborne has also revealed that one song is about Matty's relationship with his fans, which is very nice to hear:

What will the album sound like?

The 1975 were the subject of a 10 page feature in the May edition of Q magazine, the chat confirming that the majority of the songs will be recorded in Matty's home studio and he has already written two songs that are "as good as anything" on their last record, alongside some classical and ambient tracks. Jamie Oborne has also said that it will, predictably, tick off a lot of different areas of pop culture and musical genres:

What is the tracklist and what songs will be on the album?

Jamie Oborne, the band's manager, also confirmed that 5 songs will be released before the album is released and that's not even half of the tracklist - meaning we could be looking at another lengthy release.

Matty has tweeted out the names of a couple of completed songs set for the album - 'It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)' and 'I Always Wanna Die, Sometimes'.

The band also appear to have registered the names of two further songs with the ASCAP database - 'More Than You' and 'Make It Happen'.

Their manager Jamie Oborne, who regularly tweets updates about the new record, was asked by a 1975 fan if he had a favourite song from MFC. He responded by saying: "I love the song written about you guys x". Unfortunately he did not confirm the name of the track.

In the 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' post on April 30, several phrases were put in single quotation marks, which could also denote song titles. These were 'Don't You Mind', 'Obviously', 'Outside Your Room' and 'Add To Cart'.

Rumoured song titles so far:

- It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)

- I Always Wanna Die, Sometimes

- More Than You

- Make It Happen

- Don't You Mind

- Obviously

- Outside Your Room

- Add To Cart

Will there be any features on the new album?

Matty has been teasing a collaboration with UK grime king Skepta for ages now, having become genuine mates IRL. They've apparently been hanging in the studio and even completed an early demo of a potential full track together.Matty spilled on the style of their aimed track at the NME awards last month: "We're going to do a tune together. We want to do like a 'West End Girls’' Pet Shop Boys [kind of thing]. Maybe start a band, just me and Skepta do a band. Well we're talking about it, so let’s see what happens."No word on any other special guests yet but, if we could put in a request, we'd like to see this iconic duo finally team up.

More recently, Jamie Oborne confirmed that the band have collaborated on a song with No Rome, although we didn't specify whether this would feature on The 1975's album or No Rome's upcoming EP.

What is this era's look?

The 1975 are very well known for going HAM for an album aesthetic, and it looks like the Music For Cars era will be no exception.

The first song release and the promo images and video give a good insight into what the visuals will be for A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.

In the first released video (directed by Diane Martel) the band are in a mirrored room wearing make up and in uniformed suits, which could be a subtle reference to their previous video for The Sound which saw them encased in a glass box all wearing black. That was also the first release from their previous era and also saw messages from critics flash up on screen throughout, similar to the way it does in the video for Give Yourself A Try.

The 1975 are well known to reference their own past work, so it's likely that they will make some subtle references to their previous visuals throughout the next album.

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Will The 1975 tour this era?

Jamie Oborne confirmed that the band will be touring around August, but no concrete dates have been released yet.