Manic stan tweets. Worldwide collective sighs. That’s right, it can only be one thing. The 1975 have dropped the first song of their much-teased and long-awaited new album, Notes on a Conditional Form. And well, it marks a departure from their usual stuff.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, has recorded an essay about climate change which she calmly recites over twinkling ambient music from the band.
“We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis, and we need to call it what it is: an emergency.” And so the haunting track, simply titled “The 1975”, begins.
She goes on to address oil use, greenhouse gases and urges us to change our ways before it is too late.
While the song won’t be released as a single, it will take the opening slot in the album.
Thunberg has risen to prominence due to her emotive speeches and brazen protests – and has swiftly become a leading voice in the climate debate.
The 1975 will be donating proceeds from the track to environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion when the album eventually drops.
Listen to the track below: