Artists of the week: The Avalanches
Until some weeks ago, The Avalanches were the stuff that legends are made off. A gang of six audiophiles and DJs from Australia that, at the turn of the millennium, decided to filter their vast record collection into a timeless classic of music titled Since I Left You. The record was not only a critical and commercial success, receiving multiple awards, but it also managed to be a tremendous influence in the dance music scene. In the last two decades, the album became the yang of DJ Shadow Endtroducing yin, trading his dark atmospherics for a never-ending source of joy and fun. After the release of this mirage-like collage of 900-plus samples, the band vanished and, for many years, it really seemed that they would never comeback. But then, 2016 happened.
Wildflower, their long-awaited follow-up is a tropical and kaleidoscopic fantasia of found sounds that, once again, proves that The Avalanches are pretty much in a league of their own when it comes to turn curation into an art form. It is basically a continuation of their debut, trippy and fun as hell, without the novelty effect. There are some changes though and perhaps the most important is the number of guests: whether they are MCs (Danny Brown, MF Doom, Biz Markie, amongst others) or indie rockers (such as Toro y Moi, Father John Misty or Jennifer Herrema), they all bring a vital energy to the record. An absolute compulsory listen for the shinny days ahead.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.