Cut-and-paste is a dubious technique, missing more often than it hits, but when it works it’s wondrous. The Avalanches’ debut album provided a seemingly-effortless masterclass in superior sampling, with ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ as a deservedly acclaimed star turn. The dustbin of vinyl and B-movie history gets comprehensively upended in search of quality cast-offs, before these scraps are stitched together into a kaleidoscopic collage underlined with an imperious blast of brass that carries all before it like the flags of a conquering army.
[Album: Since I Left You]
I love this tune and in fact the whole album. Whatever happened to these guys?
I saw a comment somewhere (Last.FM I think) which referred to the second Avalanches album as "the Chinese Democracy of good music". It's supposedly been on the way for ages.
I thought I might write about this one myself. It's probably as well that I didn't though.
Saw theses guys at a festival in 2001 and they were amazing. Still think of it now really.
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