Arctic Monkeys' new album has him singing about his own personal failings on a sci-fi stage
‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’, the band’s sixth record, was released today (May 11). In a four-star review, NME said the record “will reward deep-diving listeners – in particular, those with an interest in picking apart Turner’s densest and most self-aware lyrics to date.”
Speaking to NME for this week’s Big Read, the frontman discussed how he sings more about his own personal failings on the album, and writing about something other than romance. “I think ‘Sweet Dreams, TN’ from the [Last Shadow] Puppets album seemed like the place to leave that, for the time being,” he said. “All that is, is a love letter, I don’t know how much more detail you could go into.”
That song, which appears on the group’s second record ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’, features the lyrics: “It’s love like a tongue in a nostril/Love like an ache in the jaw/You’re the first day of spring with a septum piercing/Little Miss Sweet Dreams, Tennessee“.
“Also it was suggested to me by a friend: ‘What about not doing that for a moment’,” Turner continued. “I think I was arriving at that place by myself anyway.”
Elsewhere, Turner also compared ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino‘ to Arctic Monkeys 2006 debut, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not‘. Asked whether he thinks the record is lyrically the closest thing he’s ever written to the band’s first, Turner replied: “Absolutely I do, absolutely. I can’t put my finger on exactly why I think that, but I have been saying it a lot recently.”
The band return to tour the UK and Ireland later this year. For tickets and more information, visit here.