Image via NPR

Image via NPR

We haven’t heard from indie rock band Alt-J since 2012, when they released their fantastic debut album An Awesome Wave (which included “Breezeblocks,” one of our favorite songs that year), but today they re-emerge with some new material. “Hunger of the Pine” finds the band returning to that enjoyable intersection between accessible and experimental rock that they so successfully explored two years ago. Keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton told NPR more about the song, stating:

It was written very quickly using some guitar chords and sounds being layered on Ableton, and seemed to signal a bit of a new sound for us. The lyrics mainly suggest the idea that missing someone — pining — can be a physical pain much like hunger.

Alt-J will release their new album This Is All Yours on September 22, but you can listen to their first offering below. Oh, and if you think that vocal sample echoing in the background sounds oddly familiar, that’s because it’s Miley Cyrus. The band incorporated a loop of her singing, “I’m a female rebel” from her song “4×4.”