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Monday 16 May 2022

The Avalanches Ask The Big Questions With Latest Offering We Will Always Love You Ahead Of Summer Date @ Chalk Brighton

Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You and Wildflower, but stepping boldly into new terrain, We Will Always Love You is the latest offering from Brighton-bound The Avalanches.

Taking its title from a sampled slice of ethereal harmony vocal by singing sisters The Roches, We Will Always Love You doubles as "an exploration of the human voice" and a spiritual reckoning via the big questions "who are we really? What happens when we die?.""

So says Robbie Chater, who alongside bandmate Tony DiBlasi and collaborator Andrew Szekeres, has moved beyond the party-up exuberance of The Avalanches' youthful music to a tender, reflective sound infused with hard-earned life wisdom.


Sparkling with the treble frequencies that made Since I Left You such a dizzy thrill, We Will Always Love You is dedicated to probing "the vibrational relationship between light, sound and spirit." But the goal now is elevation rather than intoxication.

Sampling remains at the core of The Avalanches sound, but alongside all of the sample ghosts, the album features an array of living guests who contribute vocals and lyrics: MGMT, Rivers Cuomo, Denzel Curry, Johnny Marr, Neneh Cherry, Perry Farrell, Karen O , Mick Jones, Sampa the Great, Tricky, Kurt Vile, Blood Orange, and more. 

The Avalanches' music has always dripped with melody, but because of this expanded role for guest singers and writers, We Will Always Love You is their most song-oriented album yet.
 
"For us, to make the same record again, no matter how well executed, wouldn't have been satisfying," says Chater. 

"We were looking to do something that would open up possibilities for the future. Take a bit of a left turn that frees us up to do whatever we want to next."

The Avalanches play Chalk, Brighton, on Thursday 23rd June 2022. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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