Arctic Monkeys have always had a knack of creating a certain amount of mysticism in between albums; leaving fans guessing which direction they’ll take the band next.

Now, on the cusp of their fifth studio album the band has released Do I Wanna Know? Via iTunes with very little promotion behind it, and have resisted the temptation to return to earlier more raucous singles in favour of a slower, darker, swampier sound that we’ve grown to love over recent years, highlighting the maturity in Alex Turner’s vocals.

The track, accompanied with new artwork Just further enhances the progression and maturity the band have made since the release of I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor all the way back in 2005, angry young lads have exchanged jumping and shoving each other around for an ice cold mojito and a tight leather jacket with slicked back hair.

Saying that, Turner and the Arctic Monkeys have always stayed true to their Sheffield roots despite residing in the states most the year; “summat in your teeth” and “simmer down and pucker up” the kind of lyrics that have become synonymous with the band.

Premiered last month at gig in California along with a couple of outings in Sweden and Denmark, the band also decided to open with ‘Mad Sounds’ which is also expected to be included in the fifth and still untitled studio album.

Do I Wanna Know?’s opening 5 seconds carries earlier mystery about what we’re about to hear, but soon enough we’re confronted by that oh so familiar rift that the band have made their own, it carries for thirty seconds before Turner’s vocals are introduced “Have you got colour in your cheeks?”

Available now on iTunes.

Lee Thomas-Mason

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