The Avalanches are gearing up to release their fourth studio album, and in recent days the band have ramped up their teasing on social media ahead of its release.
It started a couple of days ago when they posted an image which read ‘Whenever You Go’, spelt out in cosmic-style characters featuring stars, plants, people and animals.
— The Avalanches (@TheAvalanches) July 16, 2020
The next day, they posted another similar image, but this time spelling out the words ‘Reflecting Light’. Given we’ve seen two of these now, it seems more likely that these could be two songs that The Avalanches plan to release ahead of their third full album.
This weekend there was more teasing, this time a snippet of music with a zoomed-in close-up of someone in an astronaut suit. The music tied into the cosmic, spacey style we are expecting from this record so far.
— The Avalanches (@TheAvalanches) July 17, 2020
Then just today, another short, 14-second clip with music and some of those letters we’ve been seeing. It sounds like a different song to the previous teaser.
There are lyrics too. ‘If I struggle with affliction / it’s because I caught up with my contradiction.’
Both these musical teasers have been stamped with the date “22.07”, which has to mean that either the album or at least some new music is dropping on Wednesday, 22nd July (just three days time).
— The Avalanches (@TheAvalanches) July 18, 2020
So what does this all mean? Well given the band recently announced they’ve finally finished recording the new album, it seems less likely that we’ll get that full album next week.
A good result would certainly be to get these two (potential) new songs that will likely feature on the full LP when it’s finished.
All this new music comes four years after the band dropped their comeback album Wildflower in 2016, sixteen years after their debut album Since I Left You was released in the year 2000.
Whatever the case may be, it’s epic to know they won’t be waiting another 16 years between albums (hopefully ever again!).