Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys will release their next studio album AM in September. We’ve already heard its first single “Do I Wanna Know?” but our next offering from the UK band is this non-album cut “2013.” Its a lightweight psych cut that ruminates on technology in the most grandfatherly way. Alex Tuner sings, “on the back of a transmitter / there’s a little tiny fruit / and it’s coming after you” about Apple products, as well as makes reference to Twitter and Instagram obsessions as if containing them is out of human control. He also sings about flying cars and time machines, as if they are already here and being used, but I haven’t seen them. Another curiosity is the hook: “It’s two thousand and thirteen / all across the galaxy.” I am a blog scientist, not an astronomer, but I am pretty sure that is not true. But where it lacks in technological confidence, it makes up in noodling guitar jams. Check it out below.

AM is out 9/10 via Domino.

Comments (12)
  1. *blech*

    this sucks

  2. these guys make me ponder the plausibility of the existence of an alternate dimension in which Einstein developed the theory of relativity at 16 to only then become a community college instructor.

  3. “I am a blog scientist, not an astronomer, but I am pretty sure that is not true” It most certainly is true. The year 2013 is purely a measure of the earth’s orbit around the sun, beginning at some arbitrary point in time. So i’m pretty sure that wherever someone goes in the galaxy, that measure still exists.

  4. Sounded like “shiny fruit” to me.

  5. Hopefully this is the “Brick By Brick” of AM, a.k.a. the one shitty song on an otherwise great album.

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