We Will Always Love You is the third studio album from Australian electronic group The Avalanches, released on 11 December 2020 through Modular Recordings.
The album is built on sampling, but it is less of a ‘plunderphonics’ record than the band’s previous material.
It features collaborations with River Cuomo from Weezer, Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kurt Vile, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, MGMT, Mick Jones of the Clash and Jamie XX.
We Will Always Love You received widespread acclaim from music critics. It carries a rating of “universal acclaim” on Metacritic with an average rating of 86/100 and was included in their list of 2020’s best albums. The ABC hailed the album as a “genuine masterpiece”.
The album’s concept is rooted in “death, the afterlife, the stars, celestial beings and everything that’s out there” and plays very much like a message from Earth to be intercepted by other galaxies. The cover art is a reflection of that, featuring an image of Ann Druyan, creative director of the Voyager Golden Record project – two records containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life.
The image was run through a spectrograph, turned into sound, then processed back into an image.