The once elusive electronic group the Avalanches have recently been unfurling material from their forthcoming Wildflower album, the band’s first in 16 years. Their latest reveal is via their video for new song “Subways.”
In the minimalist clip, which features animation by Lost Art, two line-drawn figures are seen on a black background, nonchalantly blowing cartoon smoke rings before boarding the train presumably referred to in the song’s title. “Subways” samples Chandra’s “Subways” and Graham Bonnet’s take on the Bee Gees’ “Warm Ride.” The repetition of the lyrics (“You walk on the subway/ It moves around”), the psychedelic-tipped musical motif and the drawn figures’ actions portray a pleasingly jarring monotony juxtaposed against a grooving bassline and richly textured sonic layers.
This is the third single the Australian band has unveiled since announcing their new album. They previously shared “Frankie Sinatra” featuring Danny Brown and MF Doom, and “Colours,” which featured vocals from Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue that also included Lost Art animation in its video.
All three singles are available now and those who pre-order a digital copy of Wildflower will instantly receive the three songs that Avalanches have released thus far.
Wildflower will be available on July 8th via Astralwerks.