'Since I Left You'-Era Track Shared By Ex-Avalanches Member Gordon McQuilten

28 February 2023 | 9:53 am | Mary Varvaris

One Kiss stems from a re-discovered four-track EP from the Since I Left You days.

(Pic by Grant Spanier)

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Gordon McQuilten, a member of The Avalanches from 1997 until 2001, has unveiled a previously unreleased track from the Since I Left You days via Reddit.

As NME reports, One Kiss stems from a re-discovered four-track EP. A friend of McQuilten’s took to the subreddit dedicated to the beloved band under the handle Yamaha_Superstar to share the track and reveal the story behind how it’s now on the internet.

“Gordon McQuilten was one of the original Avalanchers from their inception in 1997 until late 2001, so basically the entire El Producto-SILY classic line-up era. Live he was on keyboards, samplers, bass, vox, etc. He was school mates with Tony and Robbie in Maryborough,” the Reddit post reads.

Yamaha_Superstar continues, “What a lot of people don't know was that he was also one of the producers. In around 2000 there was a six or so month period from when SILY was turned in to the record company and they were waiting for sample clearances, and he took some time out to record a 4 track EP in his home studio. It was basically his contribution to what was going to come after SILY, was kinda put to one side in the wake of SILY's release, and when he left the band the tracks were more or less lost, or very few people knew of their existence.

“Cue 20+ years later, the tail end of COVID late last year, and I was over at his place with a mate fixing his PC. As an aside I mentioned his brother had told me about the aforementioned songs and I was keen to know if they 1) actually existed 2) I wanna hear them, now! Gordy assured me they did in fact exist, but they were burned on a CDR somewhere. He looked around his place and just as he was about to give up looking for them, he found a CDR copy he'd made of the songs in 2006.

“My mate and I were driving back from his and put the CDR on, and for the next 16 minutes we were speechless as our minds were blown by these awesome tunes. And this was the only copy of the songs in existence (as far as we knew). I got home, backed the CD up, called Gordy and said the EP was amazing and it needs to get out to the world.”

McQuilten’s friend concluded, “Anyway, we are currently working on how to release the EP properly and talking to various people and it could take a while. So while we are searching for a label that deals with sample heavy type of music (Stones Throw, we're looking at you!!) we thought we'd go guerilla and give you a preview of the song 'One Kiss'. Enjoy.”

Check out One Kiss below.

In 2021, 20 years after its release, Since I Left You landed its highest-ever position on the ARIA Albums Chart at #5. 

Thanks to a recent special edition release campaign around the album's 20th anniversary, the album also found itself at the #1 spot on the ARIA Vinyl Chart. Since I Left You made its chart debut in December 2000, coming in at #29. It then reappeared thanks to a vinyl release in February 2017, landing at #15.

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