Following an unprecedented sixteen-year gap between albums and all the revolutions the world has made since the release of their hugely acclaimed, award winning debut album Since I Left You (2000), The Avalanches release their new LP Wildflower.
“What kept us going during the making this record was a belief in the day-to-day experience of music as a life force – as life energy. Hearing a certain song on a certain morning can change your day; it can make the world look different, changing the way you perceive light refracting through the atmosphere for the rest of the afternoon. Literally changing the colour and feeling-tone of your world.” - Robbie Chater, The Avalanches
Created by the band’s core duo – Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi – Wildflower is nothing less than The Beach Boys’ Smile reimagined in the Daisy Age - a mind-bending cartoon road movie that’s best viewed with closed eyes and an open mind.
The first single to be lifted from the album is Frankie Sinatra - an infectious old world carnival inspired rollercoaster of a song – featuring Danny Brown and MF Doom on vocals, the song also includes works by calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
The video for Frankie Sinatra was directed by Fleur & Manu (Drake, A$AP Rocky, M83, Movement, Canyons, Skrillex) and shot on location in the bayou of New Orleans. Follow the tripped out adventures of the locals at the county fair as they accidentally consume hallucinogenics and lose control of reality.
In the years since the release of Since I Left You , the album has established a rarely seen loyalty, its influence ever growing in the age of digital music, sampling and bedroom producers. The Avalanches, meanwhile, have become the stuff of folklore, with rumours abounding about a long awaited follow-up record. Well, now that rumouring ends…
Both vinyl formats include a CD. Limited deluxe edition is quadruple gatefold sleeve, double 180g vinyl and poster.
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