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UK indie kings and chart record-breakers Arctic Monkeys are reportedly planning the sequel to their recently unveiled fifth studio album, AM. Released early last month, AM has already been hailed as the group’s best work.
Contactmusic.com reports that the Arctics’ follow-up to their critically-acclaimed fifth LP may be a sequel, with frontman Alex Turner reportedly expressing a desire to employ the new recording and production techniques the band picked up during the recording of AM.
“The production of [AM] is perhaps the most interesting thing we’ve done,” said Turner. “There are a few bits – let’s not say bits, that’s horrible, but there are a few things that came a bit late in the race that I could see breeding a part two to the album.”
Speaking to NME, the frontman added, “With AM, it was just simply an experiment. But at least if you’re doing an experiment I think you’re moving in a healthier direction. You’re on the front foot at least. It’s almost like your decision is paying dividends now, in some other ways.”
AM received production contributions from longtime-collaborator and friend of the band, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Arctics bassist Nick O’Malley explained that the band “don’t want to totally just hide under [Homme's] wing every day.”
While this may mean no involvement from Homme on AM: Part Two, the band is looking forward to continuing their working relationship with the desert rock legend, saying “I’m sure in the future it’d be very nice to do something with him again, under his guidance.”