If you were in a mellow mood after a long night, then Arctic Monkeys had exactly what you needed to wind down on The Late Late Show with on Wednesday night (Oct. 3) with a lounge-y, mellow performance of “One Point Perspective,” from their recent Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino album.
Kicking off with full-bodied keyboards, moody lighting and a dim haze all around, singer Alex Turner promptly rolled into the thought-provoking lyrics doing his best lounge lizard approximation, singing, “Dancing in my underpants I’m gonna run for government/ I’m gonna form a covers band and all/ And back there by the baby grand.”
The band swung with a sense of jazzy nostalgia as Turner channeled an artsy, pub crooner, cradling a guitar for a bit before biting into a brief, flashy solo.
Singing with passion, the front man’s vocal performance stood out in between guitar riffs as he leaned into the inscrutable chorus, “I call it quits/ I swim with the economists/ And I get to the bottom of it for good/ By the time reality hits/ The chimes of freedom fell to bits/ The shining city on the fritz/ They come out of the cracks/ Thirsty for blood.”
During an interview with Pitchfork, Turner shared some insight into the intriguing lyrics: “In my head, the whole verse, the whole song — maybe even the whole record — just tees up the idea of playing to a quiet room.”
Watch Arctic Monkeys’ performance of “One Point Perspective” on Corden below.