The record was inspired by Ann Druyan, the creative director of the Voyager Golden Record project.
Update, September 14th 18:52 BST: The group have since released more details and two new tracks, "Take Care In Your Dreams" featuring Sampa The Great, Tricky and Denzel Curry, along with "Music Makes Me High." You can listen to those below. They also revealed the release date for the LP: December 11th.
After releasing singles that saw the sampledelic Melbourne crew collaborating with the likes of Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry and Vashti Bunyan, the band shared the Jonathan Zawada-designed cover art forWe Will Always Love You on Instagram.
The artwork features Ann Druyan, the creative director for the Voyager Golden Record (two LPs launched into space in 1977 carrying sounds and images portraying life on earth for chance discovery by extraterrestrials). The band describes the forthcoming album as "an exploration of the vibrational relationship between light, sound and spirit," and says they ran Druyan's image through a spectrograph, "turned [it] into sound and back again," with the image hidden deep within the music.
The Avalanches also worked with astronomer and astrophysicist Frank Drake to translate the Arecibo message—a 1974 interstellar radio message carrying basic information about humanity and beamed at the globular star cluster M13—into sound.
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We're very happy to share with you the cover for our new album, "We Will Always Love You". Designed by our dear friend Jonathan Zawada, the sleeve features Ann Druyan, (Creative Director of the Voyager Golden Record Project) , who’s cosmic love story inspired this music. In keeping with the album's theme of everlasting love as an undying vibration, Ann's image was run through a spectograph, turned into sound, and back again. The image remains hidden, deep within in the grooves of the music, for you to discover if you wish. An exploration of the vibrational relationship between light, sound and spirit, "We Will Always Love You" will be available for pre-order next week, with more details to follow soon. Interstellar Love, The Avalanches . Design by @zawhatthe
Watch the video for The Avalanches' "Wherever You Go feat. Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry, CLYPSO."