By Isaiah Houghton
There are few artists in the world with bigger shoes to fill than the Australian electronic group the Avalanches. The group released their first and only full length album, Since I Left You, in the year 2000 (2001 internationally) to near universal acclaim. The album was commended by Pitchfork for it’s brilliant mastery of sampling and seamless mixing, a sentiment shared by many. The A.V. club described it as “quite possibly the best sample record ever made.” Yet, despite all of the praise and the ensuing cult following, the Avalanches never capitalized on their success. For the past fifteen years, almost nothing has been heard from the sampling phenoms.
Until now, that is. Without much warning, the Avalanches’ social media accounts updated on April 11th to include a brand new logo. Wild speculation from fans ensued, and soon after, international tour dates were announced in Spain, England, Australia, and Japan. Later, on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on June 1st, the band talked about the process of creating their new record “Wildflower” and revealed the first single from the album, “Frankie Sinatra.” You can listen to the surreal and psychedelic track here.
WIldflower is now up for pre-order and will be released on July 8th. The record will contain features from several well known artists, such as MF DOOM, Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi, Biz Markie, and several others. On the Beats 1 show, the group described the record as “road trip” in a “big, wide, expansive country like Australia,” a description that is mouthwatering to any fan of the group’s first album. We have yet to see whether the album will live up to the towering reputation of Since I Left You, but the Avalanches have certainly caught the world’s attention.