By now, it’s clear that Arctic Monkeys have a sound—in fact, they have several—but what makes Alex Turner and company so exciting is their ability to execute while continuing to evolve. Out September 9 via Domino, the Monkeys’ fifth LP, AM, promises to continue the psychedelic, metal-inspired, riff-heavy sounds they’ve dabbled in since releasing their polarizing third album, 2009’s Humbug.
“2013,” an off-album B-side to the infectious “Do I Wanna Know?” proves yet again, that the dark side suits Arctic Monkeys well. As drums pound over a fuzzed-out guitar, Turner repeats, “It’s 2013, all across the galaxy.” Hard to argue with that.