Listen, I have a serious thing for Alex Turner. He’s basically one of my favorite rockers in the game right now. Due to that, I had known about Turner’s side project with Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets, but because the duo hasn’t collaborated since 2008 they were always on the periphery. After a few wild years for the Arctic Monkeys, there was news that The Last Shadow Puppets would be making music once again. I was actually intrigued.
While the duo’s first album was released to high praise and even a Mercury Music Prize nomination, the group always had sort of a fringe following. They weren’t well known outside of some circles in the United Kingdom. With Turner’s climatic rock rise to fame in the last few years, the latest Last Shadow Puppets’ album is now highly anticipated by every music fan and critic. They may manage to break into the American scene this time around even.
Everything You’ve Come to Expect is out April 1st. Single after single I have been loving all of their new songs. (Fun music geek fact: the album was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios. That’s like the goldmine of legendary studios in the industry. It was once even owned by Bob Dylan and The Band.)
A sound that’s touches on 60s rock and pop but with darker flourishes, it’s easy to see the influence both Turner and Kane have musically in the group. Between the string arrangement and snarling vocals the psychedelic elements seep through perfectly.
One of the recent singles from The Last Shadow Puppets is “Aviation” – a song where Kane takes the lead on vocals. It feels lighthearted and ominous all at once. Part of that charm is due to the wacky lyrics of “Aviation,” a trend that continues with the entirety of the album. Turner and Kane focused so hard on the lyrics the first time around, whereas now the duo decided to take on a more lighthearted approach. “Aviation” has statements like my planet or yours as key lyrics, which admittedly is pretty far out.
Have any of your favorite musicians had side projects?
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Until next time,