Mercury Prize-winning British band, alt-J is back with the haunting, atmospheric, electronic ballad “Hunger of the Pine,” which samples, of all people, Miley Cyrus. The song, which debuted on NPR today, makes very judicious spare use of the the line, “I’m a female rebel,” from Cyrus’s tune “4x4.” While the sample may seem an odd choice, Spin reports that the band's drummer, Thom Green, talked about his desire to collaborate with Cyrus in an interview GQ. Maybe there's more than a sample comping.
The gorgeous track ends in a swirl of horns and unintelligible lyrics before droning out and leaving you dazed and wanting more.
“Hunger of the Pine” is the first single from alt-J’s second album, “This Is All Yours,” out Sept. 22. The band starts a U.S. tour in October. This is the first we've heard of the band since bassist Gwil Sainsbury departed, transforming the quartet to a trio (yes, we know Sainsbury is in the photo above).
“This Is All Yours” track listing:
Arrival In Nara
Every Other Freckle
Left Hand Free
Garden of England
Hunger Of The Pine
The Gospel Of John Hurt