As announced today (August 24), the Sheffield group will release the 10-track record on Friday, October 21 via Domino (pre-order here). It was produced by James Ford and recorded at Butley Priory in Suffolk, La Frette in Paris, and RAK Studios in London.
The eagerly-awaited full-length project follows on from 2018’s divisive ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, which featured space-age-inspired lyrics over avant-garde and largely piano-led instrumentals.
Speaking in a new interview with the Big Issue, frontman Turner explained: “On this record [‘The Car’], sci-fi is off the table. We are back to earth.
“I think we’ve got closer to a better version of a more dynamic overall sound with this record. The strings on this record come in and out of focus and that was a deliberate move and hopefully everything has its own space. There’s time the band comes to the front and then the strings come to the front.”
Turner said that ‘The Car’ “feel[s] like it’s connected” to the time Arctic Monkeys were first starting out in 2002, when they operated together on “pure instinct”.
“You have to follow your instincts in the same way you did in the first place,” he explained.
“It’s a response I’ve had to other things we’ve composed. This idea of something sounding ‘cinematic’. I never completely subscribe to it, but it’s louder 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 hailed ‘The Car’ as “fucking class” and cited the tracks ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’ and ‘Hello You’ as highlights.
He said that the former cut boasted “Bond villain overtones”.
Per a press release, ‘The Car’ “finds Arctic Monkeys running wild in a new and sumptuous musical landscape and contains some of the richest and most rewarding vocal performances of Alex Turner’s career”.
It’ll feature the new track ‘I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am’, which AM debuted during their show at Zurich Openair festival in Switzerland last night (August 23).
In a review of the Monkeys’ aforementioned headline set at Sziget Festival, NME wrote: “They deliver a show giving every corner of their catalogue equal respect, and highlighting what a phenomenally imaginative and uncategorisable band they’ve become.”