Arctic Monkeys will return on October 21st with their seventh album, The Car. While the band’s announcement did not arrive alongside a single, they did debut the new song “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am” on Tuesday at Switzerland’s Zurich Openair festival.

The Car features ten new songs written by frontman Alex Turner and produced by longtime collaborator James Ford. To record the album, the Sheffield-born quartet decamped to Butley Priory in Suffolk to lay down the bulk of the material before polishing it at RAK Studios in London and La Frette in Paris.

As Turner explained in an interview with Big Issue that dropped alongside the announcement, “There’s a bunch of Led Zeppelin and Stones records where they were in this house in the country and then they went and sorted it all out and overdubbed it elsewhere. We went there in the summer, took all the equipment, got the raw material and then took it on elsewhere.”

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The Car arrives as Arctic Monkeys’ first album since Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino in 2018. While fan-shot footage of “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am” could support a continuation of themes from the 2018 LP, Turner says that lyrically “on this record, sci-fi is off the table. We are back on Earth.”

“I think we’ve got closer to a better version of a more dynamic overall sound with this record,” Turner said. “The strings on this record come in and out of focus and that was a deliberate move and hopefully everything has its own space. There’s time the band comes to the front and then the strings come to the front.”

Arctic Monkeys’ upcoming album The Car is available here for pre-order on a variety of formats including a deluxe LP on grey vinyl. A custard-colored album will also be available at independent record stores. Scroll down for the full tracklist and album art shot by drummer Matt Helders, as well as a fan-shot video of “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am” at Zurich Openair last night.

Arctic Monkeys – “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am” – 8/23/22

[Video: Shony]

The Car Tracklist:

1. There’d Better Be A Mirrorball

2. I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am

3. Sculptures Of Anything Goes

4. Jet Skis On The Moat

5. Body Paint

6. The Car

7. Big Ideas

8. Hello You

9. Mr Schwartz

10. Perfect Sense

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Arctic Monkeys Tour Dates 

August 25 – Rock En Seine, Paris, France

August 27 – Reading Festival, UK

August 28 – Leeds Festival, UK

September 1 – Cala Mijas Festival, Malaga, Spain

September 2 – Kalorama, Lisbon, Portugal

September 4 – Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland

September 16 – Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada, US

September 18 – Primavera Sound, Los Angeles, California, US

November 4 – Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

November 5 – Primavera Sound, São Paulo, Brazil

November 8 – Pedreira Paulo Leminsk, Curitiba, Brazil

November 10 – Kilk Fest, Asunción, Paraguay

November 12 – Primavera Sound, Santiago de Chile, Chile

November 13 – Primavera Sound, Buenos Aires, Argentina

November 15 – Arena 1, Lima, Peru

November 17 – Coliseo Live, Bogota, Colombia

November 19 – Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City, Mexico

December 29 – Lost Paradise, Sydney, Australia

December 31 – Falls Festival VIC, Murron (Victoria), Australia

January 2 – Falls Festival NSW, Yelgun, Australia

January 4 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia

January 5 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia

January 6 – Heaps Good Festival, Adelaide, Australia

January 8 – Falls Festival WA, Perth, Australia

January 11 – Riverstage, Brisbane, Australia

January 14 – The Domain, Sydney, Australia

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