Alt-J Release Strange and Erotic 'Every Other Freckle'

The 'Left Hand Free' follow-up is decidedly less poppy

Alt-J New Single Every Other Freckle
Alt-J goes back to its weird roots on new single "Every Other Freckle" Photo by Ilya S. Savenok
Brennan Carley WRITTEN BY
Brennan Carley

On the heels of Alt-J's poppiest single to date—"Left Hand Free," a product of record-label interference that actually wound up working—the British trio has just released a very, very weirdly assembled new song dubbed "Every Other Freckle." The track is equal parts folk (with a lyrical diss at hand-clapping paired with the sound of actual hand claps), Oompa Loompa anthem, and typical Alt-J sonic fuzziness complete with the band's trademark soulful vocals. Its words are just as odd but they really work, like when lead singer Joe Newman goes, "[I'll] turn you inside out to lick you like a crisp packet." Or when he says something about golden showers. And maybe references snowballing. Turn to Urban Dictionary if you need help with those last two. Alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, will be released on September 22. Listen to "Every Other Freckle" below, then, for the cold-shower effect, revisit the terrifying video for "Hunger of the Pine."

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
Now Playing
  • 1 Miley Cyrus — Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin (Cover) " 05:44
  • 2 Chris Brown & Trey Songz — Tuesday (Remix) " 04:26
  • 3 Buzzcocks — "It's Not You" " 02:46
  • 4 The Drums — Magic Mountain " 04:05
  • 5 Jessie Ware — Kind Of...Sometimes...Maybe " 03:46
  • 6 Flying Lotus — Coronus, the Terminator " 02:40
  • 7 JEFF The Brotherhood — Gouge Away " 02:52

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA