Frontman Alex Kapranos told ABC Radio
that the album and its title track reflected the state of the band in 2018.
"The course of the song ['Always Ascending'], the way it goes, you kind of set the scene with one world, and then make a transition to a completely different universe," he explained. "It feels you're taken from one place to another. I guess that's what we're doing with the band and the whole new album."
"We've gone from a previous decade to a new decade, ascended from one to the other," Kapranos continued. "So it seems like a pretty good metaphor for what we wanted to do."