Holy shit so this is what the world looks like when hell freezes over. If you’ve been living under a mainstream rock for the last 16 years or so, you won’t know that the Australian collective The Avalanches released a seminal, wide ranging sample filled masterpiece in 2001 called ‘Since I Left You,’ and promptly disappeared until a few months ago, when random shows, then a Danny Brown led single, and finally a new album emerged.
Is the album the record we’ve been hoping for? Yes and No. If you’re someone who loved the first record purely for the samples, then you likely won’t dig this nearly as much. Through samples of “These are a few of my favorite things,” and a random Queens of the Stone Age sample from ‘Songs for the Deaf,’ tunes the Avalanches manage to make an album that’s both different and the same.
It’s more dance oriented and fun then the cascading, long lost love feeling of ‘SILY.” But it’s also familiar in the way the band manages to mix a collage of samples and original material to create something true and honest.
Quite simply, the Avalanches have returned, and they’ve brought of guns worthy of a fifteen year wait. I recognize this review is short, but albums sometimes need to just be experienced and enveloped in your soul, as opposed to reading some article about amazing it is. Go enjoy ‘Wildflower,’ by the Avalanches