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The Avalanches: Wildflower

Andy Gill, The Independent, 7 July 2016

WHEN, 15 YEARS AGO, the Avalanches released their debut album Since I Left You, it seemed like the dawning of a new age of DJ sample-craft, its welcoming grooves sculpted from myriad overlaid orchestral moods and sonic fragments, creating an exotic swirl of sound within which strange sampled bedfellows — Mama Cass, The Swingle Singers, Kid Creole and Debbie Reynolds, for starters — found curious congruency. Since then, nothing: this landmark album came to seem like some abandoned artefact from the pre-9/11 era, a ghostly reminder of lighter times.

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