Arctic Monkeys have shared the first taster of their new album ‘The Car’, ‘There’d Better Be a Mirrorball’.
Their first new song in four years, it arrives alongside a video directed by frontman Alex Turner.
The track takes a vibe that shares many thematic touchpoints with their previous album ‘Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino’. With Turner in prime crooning form, it’s a lush, sweeping track that really comes into its own for the climax.
‘The Car’ is set for release on 21st October via Domino. It was produced by James Ford and recorded at Butley Priory in Suffolk, La Frette in Paris, and RAK Studios in London.
News of the band’s forthcoming full-length was first announced in a new interview with The Big Issue, which you can read online here.
“I think we’ve got closer to a better version of a more dynamic overall sound with this record,” Turner told The Big Issue. “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.”
A press release states that: “following 2018’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’, ‘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.”
Though ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’ is the first recorded track we’ve heard from ‘The Car’, the band have been playing another song – ‘I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am’ – live recently.
The tracklisting for ‘The Car’ reads:
- There’d Better Be A Mirrorball
- I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am
- Sculptures Of Anything Goes
- Jet Skis On The Moat
- Body Paint
- The Car
- Big Ideas
- Hello You
- Mr Schwartz
- Perfect Sense