19 Reasons The New Arctic Monkeys Album Will Blow Your Mind
"AM" is out September 9. There is a lot of sex and quite a bit of space.
1. It is almost certainly their finest work.
2. It has Josh Homme on it.
3. And he says it is a "modern, sexy dancefloor record".
"It's a really cool, sexy after-midnight record. It's called "AM" so I guess that's really obvious. And it's really good. It's not disco as such but it's a modern, sexy, dancefloor record."
4. This description from Alex Turner to NME should make no sense, but when you hear the thing, it does.
"It sounds like a Dr Dre beat, but we've given it an Ike Turner bowl cut and then we've sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster."
5. They've caught the funk.
6. They call it ‘Girlfriend Music’ – “the music our girlfriends were listening to at school when we were into Dr Dre”.
7. The first signs of this direction came with last year's single "R U Mine?"
9. The intro to that song was created using the band's actual bodies.
The beat was created from a digitally treated bunch of handclaps and kneeslaps.
"We wanted to come up with a different kind of clap. And the way Tchad Blake mixed it makes it sound like someone banging their head against a sci-fi force-field."
10. It is suave. So incredibly suave.
11. Lyrically, Alex seems quite concerned with sex and space.
"Arabella's got some interstellar painted-skin boots, and I helter-skelter round her finger and I ride it endlessly / She's got a Barbarella silver swimsuit, and when she needs to shelter from reality she takes a dip inside my dreams."
"She's a silver lining lone ranger riding through an open space in my mind."
"R U Mine?"
12. And anything that references Barbarella is usually brilliant.
13. There are sexy Bee Gee style backing vocals from a duo called The Space Cowboys.
These are, in fact, rhythm section, drummer Matt Helders and bassist Nick O'Malley, but as a vocal duo they're all over the record, smearing it with smoulder and aural aphrodisiac.
14. The probable highlight of the record is the breakdown towards the end of "Knee Socks" where they sing this.
"You and me could've been each had a half of a King And Queen Seat, like the beginning of Mean Streets you could be my baby."
15. Anything that references King And Queen seat motorbikes is also pretty cool.
Josh also sings on that bit as well.
16. The current single is all about late-night hook ups.
17. The final song has a John Cooper-Clarke poem for its lyrics.
18. Among others, Alex gave this reason for using the AM soundwave for the album art.
"It kind of looks like a bra."