I immensely enjoy witnessing my friends get excited about new music and this past weekend that occurred with the release of the latest album from indie babies Arctic Monkeys. ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino‘ is the 6th album from the Sheffield born band and their first in 5 years. Based on my initial listening of the album as I walked down King St. W yesterday with a sky half flooded with dark clouds and the other occupied by the sun I found the album to be very cinematic.
The first track release ‘Four Out Of Five’ is exactly the type of sounds I would expect to hear during the slow killing of a character in a Tarantino film.
There seem to be some interesting opinions on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino with Oasis’ Noel Gallagher calling the new project “experimental” but said experimental is “not really what you expect from the Arctic Monkeys.” The Champagne Supernova artist went on to say: ““No, you’d expect a few choruses. [It] hasn’t got any of them,” as stated on NME.com. Another fan commented on the first music video from the album with “Stanley Kubrick meets the Monkeys! This is a gem“.
I can hear this song and feel the wind in my hair as I drive through the desert. I’ve never done that but I FEEL LIKE I AM DOING IT WHILE LISTENING.
We live in a time when we are spoiled with so much access to new and exciting music. I’m thankful for that, thanks to the internet. Laura Barton said in 2005, and I believe it to still be true that “Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first bands to come to public attention via the Internet, with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed”. Social media while helpful to let the public know you have a new project is also a platform that is easy to get lost in. What do you think of the album? How did you hear about it?