Adeline (song)

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Adeline alt-J.jpg
Single by alt-J
from the album Relaxer
Released24 May 2017
Producer(s)Charlie Andrew
Alt-J singles chronology
"In Cold Blood"

"Adeline" is a song by British indie rock band alt-J. It is the sixth track and third single from their third studio album, Relaxer, and was released as a digital single on 24 May 2017 by Infectious Music and Atlantic Records.[1] The song was written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Sonny Green and produced by Charlie Andrew.[2] The band adapted a melody from the soundtrack to The Thin Red Line by Hans Zimmer, who is credited on the song as a writer.[3] The band described the song's narrative as "a Tasmanian devil falls in love with a woman as he watches her swim."[4]

Composition and lyrics[]

In an interview with NPR, the band said:[5]

This song was written on the road while we were touring our second album. It's about a Tasmanian devil that falls in love with a woman he watches swimming every day. As Adeline swims, she sings the Irish song 'The Auld Triangle', which is a favorite song of ours to sing when we are traveling and/or drinking.

Critical reception[]

"Adeline" received favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. Samantha Lopez of Paste called it a "sweeping five-minute, multi-layered melody packed with classically trained instrumentals and symphonic textures"[6]


The song was remixed by American metallic hardcore band Code Orange and was released as a single on 2 November 2017.[7] It was released alongside a separate single for a remix of the Relaxer track "Hit Me Like That Snare", also remixed by Code Orange.[8]

Track listing[]

Digital download


Credits adapted from Tidal[2]


Chart (2017) Peak
UK Indie (OCC)[9] 38


  1. ^ Moore, Sam (24 May 2017). "Listen to Alt-J's new song 'Adeline'". NME. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b "TIDAL". 26 May 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  3. ^ @gusunger (24 May 2017). "We adapted a melody from his soundtrack to The Thin Red Line" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Geslani, Michelle (24 May 2017). "Alt-J's new song "Adeline" tells the story of a Tasmanian devil who falls in love — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  5. ^ Boilen, Bob (2 June 2017). "alt-J's 'Relaxer,' Track By Track". NPR. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ Lopez, Samantha (24 May 2017). "Listen: Alt-J Release Sweeping New Track, "Adeline"". Paste. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  7. ^ "TIDAL". 2 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  8. ^ "TIDAL". 2 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 January 2018.

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