The Avalanches have returned with two new tracks in “Wherever You Go” and “Reflecting Light.” The release follows their first output in over four years after 2016’s Wildflower titled “Running Red Lights” with Rivers Cuomo and Pink Siifu.
This time around, the Australian duo tap Jamie xx to co-produce “Wherever You Go” with Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry on vocals with other contributions from CLYPSO. The track notably samples The Voyager Golden Record, a 1977 gold-plated copper LP that was launched into space with various sounds and historic photographs meant to document Earth’s cultural contributions should any extraterrestrial life find it.
“Reflecting Light” taps Sananda Maitreya and features a sample from Vashti Bunyan’s 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day. The duo released two statements detailing their latest creations:
Why do we send music to the stars? Is it because we want our voices to live forever? How else should we become pure spirits, singing forever in the dark? “Our stars are not where we last admired them. Our homes crumble and we don’t know which place to long for.” – Ann Druyan
A Vashti Bunyan record from 1970. The church bells across the street from my house, recorded on an iPhone. They once rang like clockwork every Sunday. Now, in lockdown, they are gone,” the band wrote about the song in a statement. “The hiss from a much-loved vinyl record. The static on our television sets: radiation left over from the Big Bang.
“What are these sounds that haunt our lives … floating in the static and the noise all around us, just beyond our grasp?” the band continued. “Are they radio waves or hallucinations? Voices from the past? Beginning with the physical, we become the ephemeral. We are changed. Enmeshed in the universal fabric, we are reflecting light.
Stream The Avalanches’ latest singles below and stay tuned for the group’s latest record, set to release later this year. In more music news, New York rapper MIKE joined HYPEBEAST to talk about his latest album Weight of the World.