British indie rockers Alt-J have had a busy summer so far. In May they announced their sophomore LP, This Is All Yours (one of our most anticipated albums of the year), and in June they gave us Hunger Of The Pine, the album’s first single. The track was a particularly down-tempo and synth-heavy one for Alt-J, featuring a Miley Cyrus sample that surely concerned some fans about the band’s new direction. Couple that with reports of Gwil Sainsbury, the band’s bass player, quitting in the middle of the writing process and the fact that the album is likely a three part trilogy about journeying to the southern Japanese city of Nara, and any fan might feel the need to raise an eyebrow.
Well, today the trio released Left Hand Free, the album’s second single, and it goes a long way toward restoring order to the Alt-J universe. The tune is scraggly southern blues rock, its distorted riff and repetitive structure making it sound more like Tennessee in the ’70s than present-day London. With the first two singles at the opposite ends of Alt-J’s writing spectrum, it will be interesting to see how they tie it all together on the full-length. Listen below.