Stream the new album from The Avalanches now!

By Ben Preece July 1, 2016

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The Avalanches – Wildflower out July 8, available to stream exclusively on Apple Music from July 1, here.

Wildflower is the album The Avalanches went through “7 shades of shit” to complete. And one initial listen to this sample-heavy, sonic masterpiece reveals why – every twist and turn the songs of Wildflower take feels not only like a joyous skip down memory lane, but also a progressive leap into the future.

16 years changes a lot and the musical landscape has moved ahead in leaps and bounds since The Avalanches released Since I Left You, a humble yet ambitious album with a mystery that has built over the years to a point of mammoth cult status. How else could the group pull the guests they did for this one – Danny Brown, Toro Y Moi, Father John Misty, MF Doom, Jonti Danimals, Biz Markie, Warren Ellis (The Bad Seeds), Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux), Camp Lo and many more.  And that’s not even mentioning the extensive list of samples they’ve managed to cram across this sonic journey.

The album’s lead single takes a main sample from prominent calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini.

But is it any good? Well, yes – it really is. Firstly, let’s get this straight: The Avalanches are peerless. There isn’t another artist on the planet who could pull off what they have achieved here on Wildflower. The album is proof that Since I Left You was no fluke. The question remains if there is another song here scaling the heights of the debut album’s title track or ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’, but the album itself is a journey like no other. It’s another world of kaleidoscopic proportions that reveals more and more with repeated listens. It’s a Saturday night warm-up record. It’s a headphone and a cup of tea masterpiece. It’s a brilliant acid trip. It’s all of these things and more separately and all at once.

The patchwork of samples unravel with time as your mind catches up with the music – there’s a little nod to Brian Wilson’s Smile in there, a sample from The Beatles Come Together (approved directly by Paul and Yoko) and a Bee Gees-sample on ‘Subways’. That’s just the beginning – grab your headphones, a copy of the credits and disappear down the wormhole of The Avalanches world, the untouchable and completely schizophrenic paradise you never realise existed.

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The Avalanches – Wildflower out July 8
available to stream exclusively on Apple Music from July 1 here.

Wildflower – Track Listing

The Leaves Were Falling
Because I’m Me
Frankie Sinatra
If I Was A Folkstar
Going Home
Noisy Eater
Park Music
Live A Lifetime Love
Livin’ Underwater (Is Somethin’ Wild)
The Wozard Of Iz
Over The Turnstiles
Kaleidoscopic Lovers
Saturday Night Inside Out
Light Up