Submarine is the directorial debut of Richard Ayoade (better known as Moss from The IT Crowd), a gentle comedy of delusional adolescence set in South Wales at some indeterminate point in the late 20th century.
This six-track soundtrack EP of songs by Alex Turner finds the Arctic Monkey in appropriately reflective, wistful mood, as befits the hero's fanciful view of himself as a bit of a thinker. "Hiding Tonight" is typical in its Richard Hawley-esque tone, with quiet guitar tracking the kind of vocal melody that seems to drift between lines without quite snapping its thread, a gently meandering meditation on unrequited yearning. "Stuck on the Puzzle" broadens the sonic palette with drums, piano and a shimmer of strings, but the beguiling mood of abstracted adolescent self-importance searching for romantic confirmation sustains throughout.
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