STREAM the new Arctic Monkey's album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino'

Arctic Monkey’s released their 6th album today, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino.

Released five years after their smash album, AM, Tranquility changes direction; exploring themes of sci-fi and technology. Turner wrote most the demos on a Steinway piano in Los Angeles. The soundwas so different from the previous records that it almost became a solo album.

Talking on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, Alex Turner talked about battling with writer’s block and creative difficulties. (transcribed by NME)

“There was a time I’d probably sit on my bed in my mum’s house, strumming an acoustic guitar,” he recalled about his early writing experiences. “Like that first record [‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’], I can’t remember how long it took but it seems like it could have just come out in a week. I didn’t have to find ways to make myself finish an idea .

“And now it seems like I do, and the job is to find a way of tricking myself into having an idea, I suppose, and following it through” he continued, before agreeing with Lowe that he had experienced writer’s block.


“I think that’s quite possibly what happened this time round. We were all standing there with instruments in a room and familiar objects: you know, the same guitars we’ve used and the rig that was basically on the road. I was excited to be there with the lads. We definitely had a great time, but it didn’t seem like that was the way to do , and I needed to find a way to trick myself into it.”

The first single is a song called “Four Stars Out of Five.”  Pitchfork says the song’s lyrics are absurd, but fun! Alex Turner is inviting us to a taquiria on the Moon.

Arctic Monkey’s performed the song yesterday on Fallon.

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