1. The Last Shadow Puppets are even better live.
The entire EP has a raw, organic sound thanks to the live nature in which it was recorded. Yet somehow, ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP still has all the polish of a well-laboured, studio mastered work of art. Just take opening track, ‘Aviation’. It’s the studio classic you know and love, yet has a heartbeat of it’s own.
2. Alex Turner’s French is trés genial.
Pardon our French, but Alex Turner going full-on French in Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Les Cactus’ is just f**king awesome. Especially when you realise that the lyrics translate as “The whole world is a cactus, It is impossible to sit down”. Pretty cool, right? Quickly, someone make a ‘don’t sit down ’cause I’ve moved your cactus’ joke.
3. The Last Shadow Puppets don’t mess about when doing a cover.
Apart from Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Les Cactus’ as we mentioned, Miles Kane then takes the wheel for The Fall’s ‘Totally Wired’ and Roger Chapman’s ‘This Is Your Life’. That’s not to mention the totally mindblowing ‘Is This What You Wanted’ by Leonard Cohen, totally transformed by Turner. To the unsuspecting listener, these covers could have easily been the next original brainwave of The Last Shadow Puppets and that just makes it all the better.
4. TLSP + Saxophone Solo = Bliss.
We were all waiting to see how ‘The Dream Synopsis’ would pan out, especially given that that EP has been named after the already beautiful, bleary-eyed ballad. The answer? Pure bliss. The sax isn’t exactly an instrument you hear outside of it’s comfort zone (or George Michael’s ‘Careless Whispers’), yet alone on a Last Shadow Puppets record. But on a track as dreamy as ‘The Dream Synopsis’, the soothing reverb of that saxophone only adds to an already perfect track.
5. Yes, this is what we wanted.
As Turner echoes the late Leonard Cohen’s words “Is this what you wanted?” after an 8 year TLSP hiatus, it’s hard not to take the words literally and think to yourself: “yes Alex, this will do nicely. Thanks for asking”. See you another 8 years later in 2024 for the next TLSP album guys.