23 October 2009
Recently I spotted Alex from Arctic Monkeys in the DFW airport food court, a melancholy look on face, suit jacket well pressed. I was on my way back home from the Austin City Limits festival where his band had performed. I was on my way back to Brooklyn, where he reportedly now resides. I imagine this city — all its busyness & complexities — providing a new reserve of lyrical fodder for him, a singer of consummate wordiness. But, as this recent video shows, sometimes it’s a spartan approach that works best. It’s uncluttered, perfect — each small gesture has an effect more dramatic than an explosion.
Posted by Alec Hanley Bemis