The Avalanches - Colours

‘Colours’ went through over a hundred edits, but its final version is worth the wait.

Speaking to Zane Lowe, The Avalanches spoke about how Robbie Chater’s mum was privy to new song ‘Colours’. They recorded the track, which features Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue, in their lounge room. “I think it’s nice!” she told the group, as they went through an endless process of mixing and retouching.

Apparently this track went through “over a hundred” edits, remarkable given how easy-flowing and effortless this returning gambit sounds. “Nice” might not cut it. There are subtle, barely-there shades beneath the depths, but ‘Colours’’ lead line is a simple dayglow ode to dull days. Twisted strings and fluttering samples come and go, but everything revolves around this dreamy psych centrepiece. Testament to all the effort, it’s the kind of melody worth poring over for years.

The Avalanches’ new album ‘Wildflower’ is out 1st July via XL.

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