After 15 years of waiting, we’ve finally got a new song by The Avalanches. But you have to dial a phone number to hear it.
The cult band have only released one album in their nearly 20 year career - 2000's Since I Left You. Rumours of an imminent follow-up back in 2014 failed to come into fruition, but now it looks like it’s finally happening.
After announcing a string of live dates, the group plastered a poster all over London - along with a phone number: +44 800 098 8938.
We rang the number, and after a few failed attempts to get through, we were treated to a preview of new song, ‘Subways’.
It takes a little while to get going, and it sounds like it’s been piped through a straw, but if you can get past that, it's pretty great. The plinky keyboard riff is soon joined by a funk-laced bass part, and then a chorus of voices singing words we can’t make out.
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