With their seventh studio album The Car coming out on October 21, the Arctic Monkeys have shared yet another song from the 10-track record titled “Body Paint.” The follow-up to “There’s Better Be A Mirrorball” is accompanied by a surreal and poetic music video directed by Brook Linder.
NME gave a four-star review labeling the song as “an ambitious, swaggering rock ballad.” The song begins at mid-tempo, with supportive drum beats and clear piano keys playing in the background.
Turner strikes again with his unmatchable lyrical talent: “I’m watching your every move/ I feel the tears are coming on/ It won’t be long/ It won’t be long/ Straight from the cover shoot/ Still a trace of body paint/ On your legs and on your arms and on your face/ And I’m keeping on my costume/ And calling it a writing tool/ And if you’re thinking of me/ I’m probably thinking of you.”
The frontman opened up to The Guardian about his evolving on-stage personas that change with the records he releases, “Normally, the record you make encourages a certain style of performance. But thinking about the performer in relation to Tranquility, or even this thing” – referring to the new album – “I have considered that you can invert that. The performer can influence the music, rather than the other way around.”
Arctic Monkeys performed “Body Paint” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Watch the music video for “Body paint” on YouTube: