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Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Avalanches: Wildflower review – the feelgood album of the summer?

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A pastoral, wistful brand of psychedelia works its retro magic on the Avalanches’ long-awaited comeback

Sixteen years on from their hit Since I Left You, Australian plunderphonics crew the Avalanches have returned with what might turn out to be the feelgood album of the summer. This is a season in sore need of tracks packed with vintage sunshine and “ethereal cereal”.

The group’s comeback has not exactly run smoothly. Wildflower was supposed to include ambitious animations (the funding didn’t work out). The samples have reportedly taken a specialist sample-clearer – a veteran of Beck and Beastie Boys albums – a full five years to greenlight. The group’s old label, Modular, ceased trading. One Avalanche was laid low with autoimmune issues for years.

Frankie Sinatra was brash. It was brassy. It was both unrepresentative of the rest of the album and a bit of a grower

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