(single taken from RELAXER album out now through Liberator Music/Infectious Music/BMG)

alt-J, one of the most successful British bands of the millennium, today release ‘Pleader’, the latest track to be lifted from the trio’s third album RELAXER.

The heartfelt and heavenly track takes lyrical cues from Richard Llewellyn’s classic 1939 novel ‘How Green Was My Valley’, and vocal drama from the massed voices of the boys of Ely Cathedral, recorded in situ with accompaniment from the building’s mighty organ. “It’s almost a secular piece of religious music,” says the band’s Gus Unger-Hamilton, a former chorister at the cathedral.

Released on 2 June, RELAXER went straight to #4 on the ARIA Chart, and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the UK’s most prestigious music award. alt-J will be touring Australia and New Zealand in support of RELAXER this December.

RELAXER follows This Is All Yours, and Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut An Awesome Wave. Between them, the This Is All Yours and An Awesome Wave have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed more than one billion times. The band have headlined festivals across the globe and sold out London’s O2 arena and New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden.

RELAXER IS OUT NOW | | Twitter @alt_J