After the runaway success of their last studio album AM, Alex Turner and co have explained how turning to the Piano to write music has heavily influenced the upcoming material: “I’ve tricked myself into writing – by sitting at the piano, doing this thing that I haven’t done before,” said Turner in the latest issue of Mojo. “That gave me permission to go somewhere I’d had trouble getting to before. It allowed me to put across how I feel more, more… broadly than before.”

Guitarist Jamie Cook was the one member of the band who let slip that the new record was very nearly a solo album for turner: “I think at first, because it was quite basic – piano, vocal and no guitar – Al was in two minds about, ‘is this Arctic Monkeys or am I going somewhere else with this’,” said Cook. “And maybe at first I was a bit like that as well. It’s not definitely not a guitar-heavy record, not typically what we’d do. It took a lot more thinking about.”