Arctic Monkeys: Multi-Layered Pop Nostalgia

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Arctic Monkeys’ upcoming fifth album, AM, contains all the heavy guitar riffs, pounding drums, and delicate crooning that has sustained the group’s success since 2006's smash hit Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Yet the U.K. band is embarking on a more experimental phase by incorporating new sounds: The opening synth-sounding drum beat is in fact heavily compressed foot stomps and knee slaps.

AM expands from there, with the subdued freneticism of songs that frontman Alex Turner says draw from sources as diverse as Black Sabbath, Ike Turner, and Aaliyah. Turner and drummer Matt Helders play an acoustic set live from the Soundcheck studio.

 

 

 

 

Set List:

  • "Do I Wanna Know?"
  • "Mad Sounds"
  • "Suck It And See"