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"Frail State of Mind" The 1975

by Marios Argitis - Photo Editor
Tue, Oct 29th 2019 02:00 pm

On Thursday, Oct. 24, English pop-rock band, The 1975, released a taste of its upcoming fourth studio album, “Notes On a Conditional Form” with its new song “Frail State of Mind.” In the third offering from “Notes On a Conditional Form,” following songs “People” and “The 1975,” “Frail State of Mind” soundtracks a tale of social anxiety. It can be described as an entity of its own, with a distinct but similar electronic upbeat rhythm. The song is an exciting part of the band’s upcoming album and the single is a stepping stone toward the album’s “world.”

The listener is introduced to the song through an ambient instrumental that builds up, transitioning to a catchy beat. The body of the song is made up of soft-rock, autumnal sound textures that make the single welcoming and colorful. 

Singer Matthew “Matty” Healy sings about the emotional implications of suffering through social anxiety. This is simply seen through the apologetic lyrics, with Healy using fresh spins on familiar themes about depression and social anxiety. 

The words “frail state of mind” followed by apologetic phrases such as “I’m sorry about my...” and “Don’t want to bore you with my...” are repeated across the song frequently, a constant reminder of anxiety not allowing one to enjoy the fun side of life. This idea is led by the lyrics “Go outside?  /seems unlikely” and “I always get this way sometimes/ Oh I’ll just leave/ I’ll save you time” provides the self-blame that is involved with social anxiety and depression, a relatable theme of the song. 

A detail that is evident within the song is its resemblance of other songs the band has put out in the past. The song strikes a clear similarity to the song, “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME,” released with the band’s third studio album “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” which came out in November of last year. 

“Frail State of Mind” draws a clear inspiration to the song through the blend of lyrics and catchy rhythm, from two already loving singles.

“Frail State of Mind” is a welcomed addition to the track roster of The 1975’s upcoming album, “Notes On a Conditional Form.” A song about social anxiety and depression uses familiar sounds that the band is known for and continues to impress after every listen. If the rest of the songs from the album are as good as the first three have been, I cannot wait to see what the album is going to feature. 

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