Alex Turner, leader of the band, penned the album at his house in Los Angeles and it was released on 21 October 2022 by Domino Recording Company.
On August 30, 2022, the album's lead song, "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball," along with a music video Alex Turner directed, was released. In its first week of release, the single peaked at position 26 on the UK Singles Chart.
For the album's fifth track, "Body Paint," the group debuted a music video directed by Brook Linder in September.
The new video, titled "I Ain't Quiet Where I Think I Am," was uploaded on YouTube on October 18, 2022. In addition to being available on all major music streaming services, including Spotify.
James Ford, an old friend of the Arctic Monkeys, worked with regulars Tom Rowley, Loren Humphrey, and Tyler Parkford to record "The Car" in Suffolk, Paris, and London.
Bridget Samuels and Turner collaborated to orchestrate "The Car." The album cover photo, which features a white automobile in a deserted parking lot, was taken by drummer Matt Helders. The title alludes to both the cover art and the numerous car metaphors found throughout the song's lyrics.
Their new album, The Car, expands upon the style of their last effort, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018). It incorporates a plethora of musical styles, including orchestral rock, lounge pop, baroque pop, glam rock, and even jazz.
The album was also inspired by electronic music, funk, conventional pop, and old movie scores.
Three singles, "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball," "Body Paint," and "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am," have been released in support of the album.
Cover art for the album was unveiled at the time of its announcement. Matt Helders, the band's drummer, snapped this photo with a Leica M6 film camera of a single white Toyota Corolla (E90) atop a Los Angeles parking structure.
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