The news comes in celebration of the fourth anniversary of the release of the pair’s second album Wildflower, which was released in 2016.
“The Wildflower album was released worldwide 4 years ago today,” they wrote on Instagram, adding: “Coincidentally, we delivered our 3rd album for mastering late last night.”
While The Avalanches were secretive on the finer details, it’s sure to excite fans of the band, who have been patiently waiting for them to drop their third album for quite a few years now.
Speaking to FBi Radio back in 2017, The Avalanches said: “In the few weeks since we’ve been home from the States, me and Tony have just been writing.”
“It’s flowing so quickly. I think getting Wildflower out of the way and following up Since I Left You feels like a weight’s been lifted. The music is really light, it’s some of the best stuff we’ve done.”
“We’ve got eight songs we’re playing to the label on Monday,” The Avalanches said at the time, saying a release date wasn’t explicitly decided at that point: “Who knows when? Next year? It’s definitely soon.”
Wildflower was released in 2016, arrived a huge 16 years after their 2000 album Since I Left You.
Earlier this year, The Avalanches delighted fans with their two-hour 2016 BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix on SoundCloud for the first time. “Of all our DJ sets over the years, the 2016 BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix is close to our hearts,” the band wrote.
They also revealed in June that one of the album’s forthcoming tracks would include a conversion from the 1974 Arecibo message broadcast into space in the hopes of contacting intelligent life.
Detailing on Instagram how they had been contacted by Frank Drake – the 90-year-old astronomer and astrophysicist who created the Arecibo message – they tested:
“Frank found [the message] in his archives and was kind enough to share with us. Over the last few weeks [Nelly Ben Hayoun] and Franck Marchis at the [SETI Institute] have helped us digitalise the message using AI-based software to convert the original file provided by Frank,” The Avalanches wrote.
“It’s now a string of 0’s and 1’s, ready for conversion into a MIDI sequence, and perhaps, shortly, for your listening pleasure. Stay tuned!”