Eight year wait almost over

Australian mash up merchants The Avalanches could finally be close to releasing their second album.

Released with minimal fanfare, The Avalanches debut album 'Since I Left You' became an enormous success. Taking DJ Shadow's sample-delia to its logical conclusion, the album's release was delayed due to the clearing process.

Constructed from an enormous array of samples, The Avalanches used over 3500 slices of music. Spending over 25 weeks on the British charts, the Australian duo retreated to begin work on a follow up.

Eight years later fans are still waiting. The Avalanches are notoriously secretive, although the band's websmaster Clint seems to enjoy keeping fans in the loop.

Rumours have surrounded the possibility of new material for some time, with the head of Modular Records once claiming that he was about to be sent the second album.

That was over 18 months ago, with fans still waiting for confirmation. However the wait could soon be over. A recently posted Jpeg illustrated that The Avalanches were attempting to have their samples cleared, with Clint telling fans: "Things are still moving forward with the album, but unfortunately there's been setbacks during the final stages due to illness (plus sample clearance can take an awful long time with these guys, as you know)."

Now a new message from Clint could mean that the wait is over. "I hear Ariel Pink is recording some guest vocals for it and once those are done, the album will be finished (!)" he claimed.

American maverick Ariel Pink arguably presaged the chillwave movement, and would be an appropriate - if unexpected - choice for the group. The Avalanches have previously worked with indie groups such as Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand and Welsh rock trio Manic Street Preachers.

A release date for The Avalanches new album has not been confirmed.

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