It’s been a long, long time coming. But Australia’s Avalanches are finally cranking the gears for a live return.
The enigmatic Australian electronica act has announced comeback shows June 3 at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain; June 12 at Field Day in London and a July 22 homecoming date at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay.
The Avalanches hinted at taking flight earlier this week when the act updated its social media pages with a photo of an embroidered butterfly (see above). At this stage, there’s no official press photo of the group and its unclear which members are on board (vinyl technician DJ Dexstar, a key cog in the Avalanches’ live show, left the band in 2003. Darren Seltmann also exited).
It’s been an age since 2000 debut Since I Left You set-up the Avalanches as one of the freshest talents from any corner of the globe. The cut-and-paste masterwork peaked at No. 8 in the U.K., No. 10 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums and hit all the right notes with critics, many of whom declared the set the best released by an Australian artist in the noughties (it was the only Aussie album to make the NME’s Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade list, coming in at No. 45). The group toured in various guises (live and DJ sets) and with various lineups until the mid-2000s.
News of the comeback might take some time to settle. There’s been chatter of a sophomore album ever since, though the talk has always ended in disappointment for fans. Modular Recordings founder Steve “Pav” Pavlovic told Billboard a follow-up was recorded and scrapped, and that by 2011 “most of the album is there, it just needs some tweaking to the production elements. But the structure and songs are all done. We’ll probably see a song from it this year.”
A song did drop in 2013, a remix of Hunters & Collectors’ “Talking to a Stranger” (it was titled “Stalking to a Stranger”). There’s no talk yet whether that follow-up will see the light of day, or whether Since I Left You was an extraordinary one-and-done.