The Avalanches have announced their new full-length We Will Always Love You, will drop on December 11, via Astralwerks. The trio comprised of Robbie Chater and Tony DiBlasi alongside collaborator Andrew Szekeres. Ahead of the release, The Avalanches have shared new tracks, “Take Care In Your Dreaming” featuring alt-rapper Denzel Curry, Tricky and Melbourne-based Zambian rapper-singer Sampa the Great is a song about unrealized dreams and navigating unexpected journeys through life – a “careful what you wish for” kind of thing.
Jonathan Zawada created visualizers for both tracks and designed the album’s cover, which features Ann Druyan. If there’s a single spark for We Will Always Love You, it’s the story of the love affair between Druyan and Carl Sagan: “science communicators” whose writings and TV programs brought the ever-deepening mysteries of astronomy and astrophysics to the mass audience. Chater was profoundly moved by the fact that the couple’s romance was captured and carried into space, thanks to the Voyager Interstellar Message Project.
Originally, Druyan was set to be a presence on We Will Always Love You: a studio was booked to record her telling her own story. That never transpired, but Druyan “gave us permission to use her photo on the album cover,” says Chater. “We photographed it off a static-y television set and ran it through a spectrograph to make the cover image. So that was a beautiful way that Ann could still be part of the record. We turned her into sound and back again.”
We Will Always Love You came together in just a couple of years. “The conceptual heart of things is really important to me,’ Chater explains. “I can’t just be blindly creative, I need to find a feeling and a deeply personal place that gives me the energy to start making a record and a story to share. Wildflower changed so much over 16 years, whereas with this album, we knew what it was about right at the beginning, and then we did it, and it’s done.”
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