What does it sound like?:
It pains me to say this, as I have long championed this band, but this new album from the The Avalanches isn’t that good.
The Avalanches started as cheeky young upstarts at the end of the last millennium, joining a long list of hip hop and dance artists who worked with samples, weaving cut and paste collages into new material. They didn’t really fit into any genre, but created a happy-sad genre of their own, and their classic debut Since I Left You in 2000 was a glorious mashup of cheap charity shop records.
But with the advent on online music, obscure tunes became easier to find with just a click (undercutting the crate-diggers of the 80s and 90s) and the legal claws tightened around “stealing music”, so it became harder and harder to do this kind of thing. That it took 16 years to make a follow-up, Wildflower, was perhaps not surprising. But what WAS surprising was how good Wildflower actually was, smoothing out and subtly updating the Since I Left You sound and showing there was still life in the genre yet (a genre which, in the intervening years had acquired a » Continue Reading.