The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
We're not in Sheffield anymore.
That might be one's initial reaction upon hearing the collaboration between Arctic Monkey Alex Turner and Rascal Miles Kane. This couldn't be further away from I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor if they added a sitar. And, to be fair, there's probably one of those lurking somewhere behind the widescreen strings.
It might be an understatement (oh, Jesus) to say that The Age of the Understatement is an oddity that shouldn't work but somehow does. The fact that it features the frontman of the UK's biggest band automatically makes it an 'event' single (hence why it's included outside of our weekly singles round-up) but, after hearing this bold and slightly bonkers debut, the elevated status would be apt if it were two unknowns singing it. Part Knights of Cydonia spaghetti western, part '60s Bond theme, it's hard to see this fitting snugly between Turner and Kane's respective bands on your iPod's indie playlist. Amongst the cinematic strings and producer James Ford's galloping drums, Turner's celebrated turn of phrase adapts itself to the sweeping drama surrounding it ('Before the attraction ferments/Kiss me properly and pull me apart'). Whether a whole album of this will work is a question answered at the end of the month; for now, have fun working out if this pair have tongue firmly in cheek or not.
The single will feature exclusive B-sides, including covers of David Bowie's In the Heat of the Morning and Billy Fury's Wondrous Place that are absent from this promo copy.