One sunny day back in 2001, before the evil doers turned America into crazy town ( not the band…thank god) a little band from Australia called the Avalanches taught the world how to love again with their first album “Since I Left You.” I heard the lead single ‘Frontier Phsychiatrist’ on KXLU and it stuck with long enough for me to pick up a promo copy at House of Records.
One of the best things I’ve ever done.
Usually you buy an album ’cause you liked a single , only to find that the single is great and the rest of the album sucks ass. For a long time during the nineties this was the norm. But ‘Since I Left You’ grabbed me from the first note of the title track and never let go. It’s almost less of an album and more of a guided musical journey. Think DJ Shadow, but more obscure (if that’s possible) and with a lot more disco beats instead of hip hop.
Listen to the frantic disco of ‘Radio’ or the understated ‘Close to You.’ You won’t find anything to easily compare that sound to.
That’s about as well as I can describe it, but take my word, it’s an insanely beautiful album.
Led by DJ Dexta and James De La Cruz, the band seemed poised to take the world by storm, and the album did do extremely well internationally. For you trainspotters out there, the wiki page has a pretty complete list of their sample sources HERE.
According to their website, the band was supposed to release a full length album of real rock and roll, like two years ago, but it never materialized and they appear stuck in limbo for the time being. Although, I’ve heard new rumors that the rock and roll thing was scrapped and a new sample based masterpiece is on the way!