CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS: THE AVALANCHES - WILDFLOWER
In this series, we take a look at some of the most iconic Australian albums of recent memory. It becomes all too easy to start listing classic Aussie albums in the form of Silverchair, Midnight Oil and the like, but what about the newer generation of musos? What follows is a list of more recent Aussie releases that are bound to go down as classics in our country’s music history.
The Avalanches - Wildflower (2016)
Released 16 years after taking the country by storm with Since I Left You (which many consider being an Aussie classic) the Melbourne based hip-hop/electronica group The Avalanches returned with their hotly anticipated follow-up record Wildflower.
Following closely to the blueprint that came before it, Wildflower is a delightful smorgasbord of samples and soundbites fashioned together to craft a seamless and vibrant hour long experience. Many tracks bleed into the next without warning, it's very easy to classify the album as its own unique listening experience.
Wildflower housed a number of features from contemporary emcees fronting artists like Biz Markie, Danny Brown and MF DOOM into the mix which impressively gave the record a fresh, contemporary sound without having to sacrifice the integrity of the record.
Highlights: Because I'm Me, Subways, The Noisy Eater