Alt-J Releases First Single, 'Left Hand Free,' from Upcoming Album (Audio)

9:55 AM PST 07/07/2014 by Roy Trakin
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Second track from "This Is All Yours" follows "Hunger of the Pine."

Mercury Prize winners Alt-J released “Left Hand Free” on Monday morning, the first single from their sophomore album, This Is All Yours, which will be released in the U.S. on Sept. 22 via Canvasback/Infectious Music in CD, digital and double-vinyl editions.

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The new song follows last month's preview of “Hunger of the Pine,” which featured a Miley Cyrus sample; both are available free for those who preorder the new album.

The song has a Southern-rock feel with what has been described by Billboard’s Jason Lipshutz as a “swaggering guitar line” and “some drum rolls punctuating the second half of the track,” with the constant between the two “Joe Newman’s inscrutable croon, which bends and flips over onomatopoeic runs before letting its inner rock god shine on the anthemic chorus.”

“Left Hand Free” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 chart this morning. “Hunger of the Pine” reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard Twitter RealTime Chart on June 18, the day it was released, and again the following day. “Hunger” also was No. 1 on Hype Machine and the most streamed song on Spotify the week of June 23.

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The band’s U.S. tour begins Oct. 14 in Vancouver at the Orpheum Theater and includes dates at L.A.’s Greek Theater (Oct. 20) and N.Y.’s Beacon Theater (Nov. 16), which is already sold out, along with dates in Portland (Oct. 16-17), Chicago (Nov. 1-2), Toronto (Nov. 11) and Montreal (Nov. 12). The band also has just been announced for the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-26.

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