I prefer the low-moving epic sound of Alt-j’s ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ than the spindly rock of ‘Left Hand Free’ (it still sounds like it’s been designed to soundtrack an advertisement).
‘Hunger Of The Pine’ is weighty, defies expectation and samples Miley Cyrus for chrissakes.
The video, directed by Nabil, has a similar epicness to it, as a running man gets shot at with arrows for the entire duration of the song.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.