Throughout their first decade on the scene, Arctic Monkeys were one of the most impactful indie-rock bands that had ever graced the earth. With five impressive and anthemic studio albums under their belts, they carved a path across the world that brought them huge international acclaim, the likes of which rarely happens to artists in this modern era. But after turning the tides of their sound to something more sombre on their previous outing 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino', it was clear that a new dawn was breaking, and now they return with their seventh LP 'The Car', a record that looks to refine their more atmospheric direction.
From just an initial listen, Arctic Monkeys seem to have found a middle ground between that of the lounge-inspired texture of 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino', and their more guitar-driven sound. Alex Turner's sultry vocals seems the most compelling and distinctive part of their newest collection, as his backing band creates a smooth yet illustrious array of light and ethereal works that feel far more suited to their overall aesthetic. Those that felt their previous full-length was a bit too much of a step into the unknown will feel far more at home with 'The Car' as they perfect that sweeping intention they were originally searching for, and offer up a fresh and enticing release throughout.
It may still feel jarring in places to think that this is where Arctic Monkeys are taking their sound these days, but the sheer reverence and shimmering concepts throughout 'The Car' makes for mesmerising listening. Their party days may be over, but they are slipping into something with far more longevity than we have heard from them before.