Avalanches, The - Wildflower 2LP

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Sixteen years after the release of their critically acclaimed debut, Since I Left You, The Avalanches returned with their second album, Wildflower. Created by the band’s core duo – Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi – Wildflower is like The Beach Boys' Smile re-imagined in the Daisy Age: a mind-bending cartoon road movie that's best viewed with closed eyes and an open mind.

The first single, “Frankie Sinatra,” draws from a variety of eras, cultures and genres, and exemplifies the rich tapestry of samples and sonics that is distinctly The Avalanches. An infectious, old world, carnival-inspired rollercoaster of a song, “Frankie Sinatra” features Danny Brown and MF Doom on vocals and masterfully weaves in 20th century works by influential calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini and the musical theatre team of Rodgers & Hammerstein. As with their debut, Wildflower features extensive sampling, especially from 1960s psychedelic music. Chater describes this album as "a road trip from a hyperrealistic urban environment to somewhere remote and far away while on LSD."