Not many bands allow sixteen years to pass between their debut album and the follow-up, but Aussie electro-trip hop outfit The Avalanches aren't like many bands. Highly acclaimed first LP 'Since I Left You' attracted a lot of attention, and fans of the band (now sixteen whole years older) will no doubt be frothing at the mouth at the prospect of this unexpected renaissance. Lead track 'Frankie Sinatra' is a killer Vaudeville-inspired nutfest.
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8/10 The Doc Customer review, 14th July 2016
I have to admit I felt like a right old bugger when I realised it was sixteen years since their debut release Since I Left You, as I remember absolutely caning it in my uni days and I hadn't realised it had been so long. Anyone who's ever heard the first record will have a fairly good idea what to expect here - there's a beguiling mix of deep disco grooves and hip-hop beats, coupled with more samples that you can shake a stick at and a big dollop of bona fide lunacy thrown in for good measure.
If the only two songs you'd heard by these were 'Frontier Psychiatrist' and 'Frankie Sinatra' you'd could probably dismiss them as mere novelty merchants - albeit supremely talented ones -, but you'd miss an awful lot of great music in doing so. This is a great summer record with some lovely tunes to chill to, plus a few absolute bangers as well if you're looking for something to get the party started. It's an incredibly dense record and there's probably too much to take in with one or two spins, but as the hooks dig in it will reveal more and more delights as time goes on. A welcome return by a pioneering band - let's just hope they don't leave it sixteen more years before the next one.
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