Listen as The Avalanches share new song ‘Subways’

Track was previewed at Primavera and Field Day festival shows

The Avalanches have shared new song ‘Subways’, the third official preview from their album ‘Wildflower’.

Along with comeback single ‘Frankie Sinatra’, ‘Subways’ was the only new song previewed when the band made their live return at Primavera, Field Day and Wild Life festivals as well as a headline show at London club Oval Space.

‘Subways’ is based around a sample of 12-year-old singer Chandra’s 1980 single ‘Transportation’.


As well as ‘Frankie Sinatra’ and ‘Subways’, The Avalanches have shared ‘Colours’, which features Mercury Rev singer Jonathan Donohue. Other collaborations on ‘Wildflower’ include Ariel Pink, Father John Misty, Biz Markie and Royal Trux singer Jennifer Herrera.

‘Wildflower’ is The Avalanches’ first album since their 2000 debut ‘Since I Left You’. Explaining the long wait, Robbie Chater said: “What kept us going during the making the record was a belief in the day-to-day experience of music as a life force – an energy capable of changing your life. Hearing a certain song on a certain morning can change your day; it can make the world look different. It can change the way you perceive light refracting through the atmosphere for the rest of the afternoon. Literally changing the colour and feeling-tone of your world.”

The band apologised for their recent live shows, explaining that regular live member James De La Cruz had visa problems which prevented them from playing a full band show. Instead, Chater and Tony DiBlasi were forced to play DJ sets.


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