The Arctic Monkeys are an evolving band. Though they sprung from the raucous brit-rock scene of the early ’00s, they’ve morphed over the years into different variations of themselves. With AM, they were seedy, sweaty Los Angeles rock. In 2018’s Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, they became crooning lounge lizards. What will Alex Turner and Co. think of next?
The answer might lay in their new single “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball,” which captures the band at their prettiest, saddest and most reflective. In AM, Turner would have you believe he’s the kinda guy who never shed a tear when his baby walked out the door. In this new single, he’s probably standing on her front lawn with a boombox over his head. An operatic, Classic Hollywood opening leads to a sweet, melancholy ode to heartbreak. The lowfi video, directed by Turner, matches the song’s glum vibe.
It’s not exactly as energetic as anything you’d hear from the band’s early work, but maybe that’s a sign of what their upcoming The Car will be like. That album will release on October 21 …unless the label gets nervous and shuffles it to make room for another constantly evolving artist’s latest work.