Australian plunderphonics producers The Avalanches delve into an entirely different sound on their new single “Running Red Lights,” which features Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Pink Siifu.
“Running Red Lights” is just as danceable as the circus stomper “Frankie Sinatra” from their 2016 album Wildflower, but the two wouldn’t be played in the same venue by any means. The Avalanches’ latest is a modern electronic pop track that strips away their busy sound entirely and carves an ambient slice of psychedelia, which is in part thanks to the contributions from Cuomo and Siifu.
“‘Running Red Lights’ didn’t start out as a defining moment; ‘a single’ as it were,” the Avalanches’ Robbie Chater said in a statement. “But Rivers responded to our fuzzed-out Spacemen 3-inspired jam with such open-heartedness, that we soon dropped all pretense and got down to the heart of the matter… loss. We love that wide-eyed, elated, almost evangelical Los Angeles sense of possibility that he tapped into.”
The Avalanches’ single arrived with a music video starring Erik Cavanaugh, who dances along Hollywood visiting psychics and experiencing a run of life-changing events through the night. The video is in tribute to the late David Berman, who contributed the spoken-word segment of The Avalanches’ new track.
“Running Red Lights” will appear on The Avalanches’ upcoming third album alongside the previous single, “We Will Always Love You” featuring Blood Orange.
Watch the video for “Running Red Lights” here: