You probably know by now that Arctic Monkeys have a new album due out on June 6th, and that it’s called Suck It And See. Another track from it, ‘Reckless Serenade’, spread across the blogosphere like wildfire yesterday, only to for the fun to be curtailed after Domino requested that the song be removed from its original source on Some Kind Of Awesome. Fortunately, all is not lost! It seems the track was taken from a broadcast on US radio station KCRW, which you can still listen to by heading right over here – and it’s the first track played, so you won’t have to faff around trying to fast-forward to a particular spot.
On to the song itself then. While it lacks the kind of punchy guitar riff that defines ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, it does have an infectious bassline that reminds me a little of Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’. From the opening lines (“Topless models/doing semaphore/wave their flags as she walks by/and get ignored”) it’s clear that Alex Turner’s playful lyricism is still very much a prominent feature of the track – “called up to listen to the voice of reason/and got his answering machine/I left my message/but did he fuck get back to me” is another highlight.
Between this and the other two tracks we’ve heard so far from Suck It And See, the album is sounding promising. Sure, it’s not revolutionary, but it’s the sound of the band continuing to do as they please – and making effortlessly catchy tunes in the process.
Thanks to Alex (no, not Alex Turner) for first pointing me in the direction of the track!