Alt-J released the second single from their upcoming album today, and it’s an interesting departure from the sound and style that made their debut album so unique and well-loved. The band has taken a bit of a classic rock influenced approach with this new song; I can’t help but hear hints of The Black Keys, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie as I keep listening to it. While I’m sure this new track will be met with a bit of criticism from fans, I think the experimentation with new sounds and genres will ultimately work in Alt-J’s favor, allowing them to create an standout sophomore album. Yes, 2012’s “An Awesome Wave” is certainly a hard act to follow, but I think this band has even more awesome surprises in store for us with this upcoming album that will delight their fans and win them a bunch of new ones, too.
Stream “Left Hand Free” here: