The Australian samplers have announced a series of comeback shows this summer including an appearance at Field Day.
In the history of electronic music, it is near impossible to find an album as ambitious or grandiose as Since I Left You, the patchwork debut LP by Australian hip-hop by way of almost anything else group The Avalanches. A compilation of sounds obsessively threaded together through years of painstaking work, the album is fabled to be built upon over 3,500 different samples, a conservative estimate attempting to attach some sort of limit to the inexhaustible number of records from which the band created their only LP to date.
Revered as a masterpiece of musical endeavour, the album saw The Avalanches become one of the biggest cult sensations of the time, with persistent rumours of a follow up album sparking frenzied excitement in the years that have followed. Replicated in magnitude only by the headache it caused the lawyers tasked with clearing the samples, Since I Left You established The Avalanches as the best in the business at splicing together samples from literally any source to make something incredible, and so it is no surprise that their recent addition to the Field Day lineup has raised eyebrows. With rumours surfacing once again that album number two is on the horizon - this time stoked by additions made this year to the band’s own website - seeing them perform live once again this summer could well turn into a genuine “I was there” kind of moment.
The festival at Victoria Park has already got a special lineup, led by James Blake, PJ Harvey and a sterling collection of DJs and live artists, so throwing The Avalanches into the mix is likely to turn it into one of London’s most exciting weekends this summer. Field Day runs on the 11th and 12th of June.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of The Avalanches