Theres a taqueria on the roof, too, scoring four stars out of five (and thats unheard-of, vamps Turner).
Just as most sci-fi is, yes, really about our own world, Tranquility Base is about the last few years in the US (Breaking news: they take the truth and make it fluid, Turner husks on American Sports the warping effects of tech, and fame itself.
With a few exceptions, mainstream indie guitar music often seems an exhausted idiom, trying on fifth-hand poses to diminishing creative returns.But this voyage into themed purgatory what one song calls the Ultracheese is worth.Hilariously, the album opens with the line I just wanted to be one of the Strokes; a jawdropping admission from one of musics best beaters-around-the-bush.I launch my fragrance called Integrity, intones Turner, eyebrow making a parabola.Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.Even better is Batphones imagined scent.There is a risk that this atmospheric record, one that wrong-foots expectation, might not land well.I sell the fact that I cant be bought.«She Looks Like Fun».Im always just about to go and spoil the surprise.There are hard acts to follow, and then theres Arctic Monkeys last album.Guitarist Jamie Cook, drummer Matt Helders and bassist Nick OMalley are here, but they are muted, repurposed.
Five years on, Tranquility Base Hotel Casino totally strips out the rock from the Arctics offering.This is another record, tangentially, about coupling and uncoupling in LA, as songs like Science Fiction (I must admit you gave me something momentarily in which I could believe) and Batphone (Ill be by the batphone if you need to get a hold) attest.Type Tranquility Base Hotel Casino in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.But it is set, sonically and aesthetically, in a cocktail lounge, looking back on the home planet with a seething croon.Turner is, obliquely, dealing with being a motherfucking starboy, doing some work on himself, and writing about writing; his gift is such that he can carry this solo-album-under-another-name.Was it the bands best since their 2006 debut, Whatever, people Say I Am, Thats What Im Not?
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When you walked around your house wearing my sky blue Lacoste.