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The 16-year stint between Since I Left You, the Avalanches' masterful and mind-blowing debut album, and their sophomore release Wildflower is likely to always be something of an inescapable plotline in the Australian group's career story. However, it should be noted that the mere four years that have elapsed between Wildlflower and We Will Always Love You, the group's third album, are both eminently reasonable by 21st century release standards and completely remarkable given the conceptual richness and production complexity at play here. (And that's leaving out the fact that principal member Robbie Chater had a stint in rehab during that time.) We Will Always Love You is an album that is absolutely full to bursting—with 25 tracks (a handful are sub-30-second interludes), more than 20 guest vocalists, and, yes, scores of richly layered samples, the sheer act of composing, recording, and compiling it could forgivably have taken much longer. However, in the case of WWALY, the group benefited from a clear-eyed concept inspired by Ann Druyan (whose face is on the cover). Druyan’s scientific and creative endeavors, her relationship with Carl Sagan, and how those things intersected most notably with her work on NASA's Golden Record project, actual gold-plated LPs sent into space aboard the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecrafts. The Avalanches have put together their own sort of cosmic mixtape, touching on a wide variety of styles and sounds. Guests range from Johnny Marr, Neneh Cherry, and Vashti Bunyan to Leon Bridges and Denzel Curry; sample sources include Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Carlinhos Brown and Druyan herself. In keeping with its celestial theme, this is a remarkably adventurous and slightly diaphanous-sounding album, with cuts like the wispy and slightly psychedelic "Gold Sky" (featuring Kurt Vile and Wayne Coyne), the spooky and transcendent "Music is the Light" (with Cornelius and Kelly Moran) and the somewhat on-the-nose "Interstellar Love" (with Leon Bridges) standing as thematic tentpoles. Meanwhile, the more straightforward (and accessible) cuts like the disco groovy "Music Makes Me High," the bouncy and retro "We Go On," and pop/rock treading "Running Red Lights" (which manages to feature a Rivers Cuomo vocal and a David Berman lyric) provide plenty of reminders of terrestrial joy. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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1
Ghost Story (feat. Orono)
00:01:23

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Orono Noguchi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Orono, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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2
Song For Barbara Payton
00:01:40

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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3
We Will Always Love You (feat. Blood Orange)
00:02:52

William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Devonte Hynes, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Blood Orange, FeaturedArtist - The Avalanches, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Australian Boys Choir, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Espie, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Di Blasi, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, ComposerLyricist - Zachary Zajdel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Carroll Kirby, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Moran, Prepared Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist

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4
The Divine Chord (feat. MGMT & Johnny Marr)
00:03:07

Andrew VanWyngarden, ComposerLyricist - Ben Goldwasser, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Marr, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Burt Bacharach, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hal Davis, ComposerLyricist - MGMT, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - The Yarra Voices Choir, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

5
Solitary Ceremonies
00:01:14

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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6
Interstellar Love (feat. Leon Bridges)
00:03:38

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Parsons, ComposerLyricist - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Woolfson, ComposerLyricist - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Leon Bridges, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Nate Haessly, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajdel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony DiBlasi, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Livingston Matthews, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Austen Jenkins, ComposerLyricist

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7
Ghost Story Pt. 2 (feat. Orono & Leon Bridges)
00:01:15

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Leon Bridges, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Orono Noguchi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Orono, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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8
Reflecting Light (feat. Sanenda Maitreya & Vashti Bunyan) Explicit
00:04:21

Vashti Bunyan, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sananda Maitreya, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Di Blasi, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, ComposerLyricist - Zachary Zajdel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Carroll Kirby, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - George Janho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

9
Carrier Waves
00:00:57

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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10
Oh The Sunn! (feat. Perry Farrelli)
00:02:18

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PERRY FARRELL, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Etty Farrell, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - The Yarra Voices Choir, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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11
We Go On (feat. Cola Boyy & Mick Jones)
00:04:01

P. Udell, ComposerLyricist - G. Geld, ComposerLyricist - Mick Jones, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Carpenters, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Di Blasi, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Zachary Zajdel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cola Boyy, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Urango, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

12
Star Song.IMG
00:00:10

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

13
Until Daylight Comes (feat. Tricky)
00:02:27

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tricky, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Marta, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Avalanches, MainArtist - Robin Achampong, ComposerLyricist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Delroy Murray, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

14
Wherever You Go (feat. Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry & CLYPSO)
00:05:50

James Smith, ComposerLyricist - Mick Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neneh Cherry, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cameron McVey, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie xx, FeaturedArtist - Tony Di Blasi, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, ComposerLyricist - Zachary Zajdel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CLYPSO, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - George Janho, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

15
Music Makes Me High
00:03:21

S. GARDNER, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Di Blasi, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, ComposerLyricist - Zachary Zajdel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony DiBlasi, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer - East Coast Inspirational Singers, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gilroy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelson B Miller, ComposerLyricist - B. Rucker, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

16
Pink Champagne
00:00:12

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pink Siifu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

17
Take Care In Your Dreaming (feat. Denzel Curry, Tricky & Sampa the Great) Explicit
00:05:00

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tricky, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Denzel Curry, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sampa the Great, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sampa Tembo, ComposerLyricist - Tony Di Blasi, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, ComposerLyricist - Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, ComposerLyricist - Zachary Zajdel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - iZNiiK, Producer, Additional Producer - John Carroll Kirby, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony DiBlasi, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer

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18
Overcome
00:03:31

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

19
Gold Sky (feat. Kurt Vile)
00:04:28

Wayne Coyne, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Farmer Dave Scher, Keyboards, Lap Steel Guitar, Melodica, AssociatedPerformer - Pat Metheny, ComposerLyricist - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - Kurt Vile, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

20
Always Black (feat. Pink Siifu) Explicit
00:03:36

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pink Siifu, FeaturedArtist - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Livingstone Matthews, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

21
Dial D For Devotion (feat. Karen O)
00:00:31

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karen O, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - David Berman, ComposerLyricist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Earl, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Steven Taveniere, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

22
Running Red Lights (feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu)
00:04:39

Rivers Cuomo, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - David Berman, ComposerLyricist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Earl, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Di Blasi, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pink Siifu, FeaturedArtist - Andrew Szekeres, ComposerLyricist - Zachary Zajdel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Steven Taveniere, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

23
Born To Lose Explicit
00:04:53

Wayne Hector, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Reich, ComposerLyricist - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Frederic, ComposerLyricist - Joshua Block, ComposerLyricist - Austin Jenkins, ComposerLyricist - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Leon Bridges, ComposerLyricist - Chris Vivion, ComposerLyricist - Nate Mercereau, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

24
Music Is The Light (feat. Cornelius & Kelly Moran)
00:03:08

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CORNELIUS, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon Lewis, ComposerLyricist - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kelly Moran, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keigo Oymada, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

25
Weightless
00:02:57

Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Welander, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Avalanches, MainArtist - robert chater, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tony Espie, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Szekeres, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Orono Noguchi, ComposerLyricist - Anthony DiBlasi, ComposerLyricist - Orono, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Di Blasi, Producer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Zajde, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Modular Recordings Pty Limited

Album Description

The 16-year stint between Since I Left You, the Avalanches' masterful and mind-blowing debut album, and their sophomore release Wildflower is likely to always be something of an inescapable plotline in the Australian group's career story. However, it should be noted that the mere four years that have elapsed between Wildlflower and We Will Always Love You, the group's third album, are both eminently reasonable by 21st century release standards and completely remarkable given the conceptual richness and production complexity at play here. (And that's leaving out the fact that principal member Robbie Chater had a stint in rehab during that time.) We Will Always Love You is an album that is absolutely full to bursting—with 25 tracks (a handful are sub-30-second interludes), more than 20 guest vocalists, and, yes, scores of richly layered samples, the sheer act of composing, recording, and compiling it could forgivably have taken much longer. However, in the case of WWALY, the group benefited from a clear-eyed concept inspired by Ann Druyan (whose face is on the cover). Druyan’s scientific and creative endeavors, her relationship with Carl Sagan, and how those things intersected most notably with her work on NASA's Golden Record project, actual gold-plated LPs sent into space aboard the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecrafts. The Avalanches have put together their own sort of cosmic mixtape, touching on a wide variety of styles and sounds. Guests range from Johnny Marr, Neneh Cherry, and Vashti Bunyan to Leon Bridges and Denzel Curry; sample sources include Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Carlinhos Brown and Druyan herself. In keeping with its celestial theme, this is a remarkably adventurous and slightly diaphanous-sounding album, with cuts like the wispy and slightly psychedelic "Gold Sky" (featuring Kurt Vile and Wayne Coyne), the spooky and transcendent "Music is the Light" (with Cornelius and Kelly Moran) and the somewhat on-the-nose "Interstellar Love" (with Leon Bridges) standing as thematic tentpoles. Meanwhile, the more straightforward (and accessible) cuts like the disco groovy "Music Makes Me High," the bouncy and retro "We Go On," and pop/rock treading "Running Red Lights" (which manages to feature a Rivers Cuomo vocal and a David Berman lyric) provide plenty of reminders of terrestrial joy. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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