The Avalanches (Robbie Chater and Tony Diblasi) is a group of Australian electronic DJs, best known for their “Since I Left You” album. Not too long ago, the sample-crazed crew returned with “Wildflower” album, another solid body of work.
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.
“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.
“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.