Arctic Monkeys are back ‘down to earth’ on ‘higher’ new album ‘The Car,’ says Alex Turner

Alex Turner has shared the first details about Arctic Monkeys’ upcoming seventh album ‘The Car’, revealing that the band has adopted a “heavier” sound this time around.

As announced today (August 24), the Sheffield group will release the 10-track album on Friday October 21 via Domino (prepare it here). Produced and recorded by James Ford at Butley Priory in Suffolk, La Frette in Paris and RAK Studios in London.

The long-awaited project is the follow-up to 2018’s engaging ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, which featured space-age-inspired lyrics over instrumentals and was largely piano-led.

In a new interview with Big Issue, singer Turner explained, “On this record [‘The Car’], science fiction is off the table. We return to earth.

“I think we’re closer to a better version of a more dynamic overall sound with this record. The strings on this record go in and out of focus and that was a deliberate move and I hope that everything has its own space.There are times when the band comes first and then the strings come first.

Turner said that ‘The Car’ “feels connected” to the time when Arctic Monkeys were starting out in 2002, when they worked together on “pure instinct”.

“You have to follow your instincts the same way you did in the beginning,” he explained.

“It’s a response I’ve had to other things we’ve written. This idea of ​​something that sounds ‘cinematic’. I’ve never really subscribed to it, but it’s stronger this time.”

Scottish actor Martin Compston (Line Of Duty) interviewed Turner for the Big Issue at Sziget Festival 2022, where Arctic Monkeys recently performed. Compston called ‘The Car’ “fucking classy” and cited ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’ and ‘Hello You’ as standouts.

He said the first cut had “overtones of a Bond villain”.

According to a press release, ‘The Car’ puts ‘Arctic Monkeys rampant’ into an exciting new musical landscape and features some of the richest and most rewarding vocal performances of Alex Turner’s career.

It will include the new song “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am”, which AM premiered during their performance at the Zurich Openair festival in Switzerland last night (August 23).

Following their current European leg, Arctic Monkeys will return to the UK this weekend at Reading & Leeds 2022. Their tour will also visit North America, South America and Australia.

In a review of the aforementioned Monkey’s performance at Sziget Festival, NME wrote: “They put on a show that pays equal respect to every corner of their catalogue, and underlines what an incredibly imaginative and unclassifiable band they are.

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