The Avalanches’ “Wildflower” is the tour de force soundtrack to alternative music

The Avalanches, Robbie Chater and Tony Diblasi, is a group of Australian electronic DJs, best known for their classic debut album ‘Since I Left You’, released 16-years ago via Modular Recordings. Now, the sample-crazed crew have return with a stellar follow-up album entitled ‘Wildflower’, another critically-acclaimed body of work, which has a lil something in it for any and everybody. The album features guest appearances from notable artists such as Biz Markie, Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue, MF Doom, Danny Brown, Camp Lo, Toro y Moi, and Father John Misty to name a few.

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The Avalanches at Pitchfork (Photo by STEVE GULLICK)

“’Wildflower‘ is a continuous mix of the wild and weird, another hallucinogenic collage of samples ranging from R&B to orchestral pop. From the calypso-klezmer ‘Frankie Sinatra’ featuring Danny Brown, to Biz Markie chomping over a Beatles’ sample on ‘Noisy Eater’, it’s the tour de force soundtrack to music’s past and present.” – iTunes Review

During an interview with Pitchfork, Chater explained the concept behind ‘Wildflower’, which Pitchfork believes is a ’90s-inspired nostalgic album that encompasses musical and emotional elements from the ’70s.

“The record finds itself as it goes along, and you’re a part of the journey. It was just about that feeling of freedom and reckless abandon. Tony said he feels like ‘Wildflower‘ is like a person, a free spirit, someone who does their own thing regardless of conventionality. We were sampling a lot of psychedelic music at the time and looking back at the counter culture of the ’60s and wondering: Who are today’s anti-establishment heroes that will stand up and tell it like it is?” – Robbie Chater

FUN FACT: For both albums, The Avalanches used the services of Pat Shannahan to clear thousands of samples from notable acts such as The Beatles, Beck, and Beastie Boys to name a few.


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Title: The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower

Genres: Alternative, Music, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rap, Electronic

Released: 08 July 2016

Label: ℗ 2016 Modular Recordings Pty Limited, under exclusive license to Universal Music Australia Pty Limited

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