Alt-J say Miley Cyrus sample adds ‘unexpected element’ to comeback single

'Hunger Of The Pine' is the first track to be released from their forthcoming second album 'This Is All Yours'

Alt-J have spoken about sampling Miley Cyrus on their comeback single, ‘Hunger Of The Pine’.

Keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton told DIY Mag that the sample came about when drummer Thom Green was remixing one of the ‘Bangerz’ singers tracks and the band were simultaneously writing for their new album, ‘This Is All Yours’. “That was actually the remix that Thom was doing,” he explained. “He was doing a Miley Cyrus remix. That was a sample that he was using in there quite a lot, and it sounded cool with what Joe was playing on the guitar.”

Frontman Joe Newman then said the band got in touch with Cyrus to ask about using the snippet from her song ‘4×4’ and she was “cool with it”. He commented: “…when we had established the boundaries of that song, we looked back on the remix because we really liked it, and just that ‘I’m a female rebel’ [lyric] just came up and I was like, ‘I love that line… Can we try using it to see what it sounds like?’ Thom was cool with it and then we got in touch with Miley and she was cool with it. For us, it just adds that unexpected element to it.” Newman went on to say that Cyrus, who used the band’s track ‘Fitzpleasure’ in her ‘Bangerz’ world tour stage show, is a fan. “She’s been really supportive of us, and she’s a fan, I think, which is really nice,” he said.

‘Hunger Of The Pine’ is the first track to be taken from the band’s new album ‘This Is All Yours’, the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-winning debut record, ‘An Awesome Wave’. The album will be released on September 22 and is their first release since the departure of band member Gwil Sainsbury, who announced he was leaving the group earlier this year.

The band will tour the UK this autumn. The first Manchester and London dates have sold out but a second Manchester date will now take place on September 20.

Alt-J will play:

Glasgow O2 Academy (September 18)
Manchester Apollo (19/ 20)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (22)
Brighton Centre (23)
London Alexandra Palace (24)
Dublin O2 Arena (27)

The ‘This Is All Yours’ tracklisting is:

‘Arrival In Nara’
‘Every Other Freckle’
‘Left Hand Free’
‘Garden Of England’
‘Choice Kingdom’
‘Hunger Of The Pine’
‘Warm Foothills’
‘The Gospel Of John Hurt’
‘Bloodflood Pt II’
‘Leaving Nara’

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