Arctic Monkeys Album – First Impression

Clash hears their third album...

Following our announcement earlier today regarding the tracklisting of the new album from Sheffield foursome Arctic Monkeys, Clash can reveal a few more details about the as-yet-untitled release.

We were granted a sneak preview of the band’s third album, produced alongside Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme and James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, this morning, and can now impart the very slightest insight into its sound.

Frontman Alex Turner, fresh from his expansive forays in The Last Shadow Puppets, has retained that laconic croon, while his bandmates extol the same Scott Walker influences in the music, injecting the Arctics with a new sound that sends them onto wild soundscaping adventures. The confidence of the musicianship on show is stunning – they have completely defied any expectations or presumptions to explore the depths they can reach when stepping foot outside their accepted styles. Lyrically, Turner is his usual eloquent self, but has definitely graduated into an incomparable writer whose themes twist and turn through stories and allegories so potent and profound it actually leaves one breathless. Sloping organ patterns create a carnival-esque atmosphere across the album, but it’s a spooky and ethereal trip, a lysergic cavalcade that haunts every track.

Arctic Monkeys will be previewing this new material when they headline Reading/Leeds Festival in August (Win tickets to the festival on ClashMusic HERE). The tracklisting for the album, released August 24 via Domino, looks like this:

‘My Propeller’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘Dangerous Animals’
‘Secret Door’
‘Potion Approaching’
‘Fire And The Thud’
‘Dance Little Liar’
‘Pretty Visitors’
‘The Jeweller’s Hands’

Find an excerpt of our recent conversation with the band HERE.

Expect more details on the band’s new album in a future issue of Clash Magazine. Find Arctic Monkeys online HERE.

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