Arctic Monkeys' longtime publisher Guy Moot is one of the few people that has heard the band's new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino before its release, describing the imminent record as a "masterpiece".
Guy, who is Sony/ATV UK MD and president, told Music Week the record, which is out on May 11, is a "big event" that will cement frontman Alex Turner as "one of the great UK songwriters".
"With this new album, when I heard it, it’s a record of incredible intricacy that, if you’re a fan, you’re just going to want to get deeper and deeper into it, you can find different meanings, lyrically you can delve deeper and deeper," he said. "There are just incredible moments, incredible arrangements, incredible playing, it’s very important for UK music this year."
Asked whether he thinks the album will match the million-selling success of their last album AM, he explained: "It’s an on-going chapter and I think [Alex Turner’s] just written another masterpiece, which solidifies him once more as one of the great UK songwriters. I don’t think they need to set targets or achievements, people will climb on board."
Guy also confirmed that all of the album's songs were written solely by Alex and the band have taken a "less is more" approach by not releasing any singles yet. "You are going to enjoy it for how it was made with a concept running all the way through it," he said.
"It’s really exciting – this is a really important moment for the UK music industry and UK music."
Look back at Arctic Monkeys' complete Official Chart history here, and read more on everything we know about the new album so far.