Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is the 6th and last Arctic Monkey’s album, and so far one of the best rated. Some critics have dared to say it’s a masterpiece, and I agree.
The album is a delightful architectural experience because it’s a musical tour of an imaginary retro-futuristic hotel on the moon. The cover of the album is in fact an architectural model of said hotel, designed by the leader/singer/songwriter of the band, Alex Turner.
Turner began by drawing a hexagon, to reflect the band’s sixth studio album, eventually drawing influence from architects Eero Saarinen and John Lautner, becoming «quite consumed» by the process.
The artwork was initially inspired by a photograph depicting the set for a lunar Hilton Hotel being built for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Turner began imagining a model of the titular hotel within its lobby
Alex Turner explains the artwork to Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’