The Avalanches: Wildflower

Score: 8/10 – Frank Sinatra approves
Ahhh, Frankie Sinatra. ‘Ol Blue Eyes. Rat Packer. Mobster’s mate. And now the namesake for possibly the world’s catchiest tune. Yes, everyone’s favourite crooner is back in spirit, comin’ in yer ears thanks to Melbourne mix-masters The Avalanches. Skip directly to track three of newest LP Wildflower and marvel at how quickly this earworm works its way into your brain. You will be humming this FOREVER.
Luckily, it’s really good – sorta like Eminem doing ‘The Charleston’ – and so is the rest of the album for that matter. After a 16-year hiatus, numerous lineup reshuffles and a ridiculously long gestation period (recordings began for Wildflower back in 2005), the eclectic Aussie trio has delivered what I’m calling 2016’s most fun album. A riotous ride through a kaleidoscope of sampled beats; it’s a natural successor to 2000’s Since I Left You in style, substance and texture, despite the extended time gap. Naysayers might have a point with the complaint that the two albums are just a little bit too similar, but what sets Wildflower apart is the healthy guest star list, including Biz Markie, Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi, Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev and Detroit rapper Danny Brown on the inescapable “Frankie Sinatra”. The standard version sports a massive 22 “songs”, but this is really one of those albums where you should just stick it on from start to finish and ignore the individual tracks. There’s only a couple of obvious singles (“Because I’m Me”, “Colours”), but that’s cool because the rest of it meshes together to give the effect of a DJ set ‘found sound’ mix-a-thon instead of a studio album.
If you’re looking for deep and meaningful here, forget it because that’s not the point with The Avalanches. What it lacks in substance, Wildflower more than makes up for with its incessant optimism. If you like your choons brimming with sunbeams and rainbows, this is the album for you. If you’re a miserable, naysaying git; play it anyway – it’ll probably cheer you up. Dan Ashcroft.
Like this? Try these:
As Heard On...
2 Many DJs
As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
Breakneck mash-up set from French mixologists.
Bright Like Neon Love
Cut Copy
Bright Like Neon Love
DJ Dan Whitford invites his mates over for a house party.
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
Random Access Memories
French electronic duo resurrect 70s disco for the masses.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Stories

New Rules regarding the behavior of Foreign Tourists in Bali

Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster has issued an official Circular Letter (SE) Number 4 of 2023 concerning International...

Read More

New Year’s Eve Bali 2023 – 2024

New Year’s Eve 2024 falls on December 31, 2023. No matter what anyone says online, NYE is the night...

Read More

Canggu Nightlife

A quick guide on where to go on any particular night in the Canggu area. [UPDATED June 2023] First,...

Read More

Ubud Village Jazz Festival is back in July

The much-anticipated international UBUD VILLAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL (UVJF) is entering its 10th consecutive year. This year it will be...

Read More