The Avalanches & guests | Gig Announcement
The Limelight 1, Belfast • Thursday 15 June 2017
Australian electronic legends The Avalanches are pleased to announce a Belfast headline show at Limelight 1 on Thursday 15 June 2017. Following the critical and commercial success of album Since I Left You, the group’s sophomore album Wildflower was released in July 2016 after a much anticipated sixteen year wait. The show promises an eclectic evening of sample rich melodies, psychedelia and nostalgia.
Created by the band’s core duo – Robbie and Tony Di Blasi – Wildflower is nothing less than Smile reimagined in the Daisy Age – a mind-bending cartoon road movie that’s best viewed with closed eyes and an open mind.The album’s twenty-one tracks take the listener on a journey that traces a crooked, hand-drawn line from the street recordings of the Viking of 7th Avenue – Moondog – and other outsider musicians like Larry ‘Wild Man’ Fischer and his ad-libbed recordings from the streets of Los Angeles. From there, it moves through the outer-space doo-wop stylings of the Cosmic Rays whilst nodding to more celebrated mavericks like Sun Ra and Van Dyke Parks. Constructed from woozy harmonics, infectious rhythm tracks and the dangled clauses of archival field recordings, Wildflower feels almost narcotic when followed from start to end (this is categorically not a record to play on shuffle).
On repeated listens, the record gradually reveals a whole new world of hobo folklore, comedic pioneers and traveller musicians. Across the record stories unfurl through snatches of conversations on street corners, long lost recordings of kids in high school bands, buskers and rappers hustling mixtapes, random broadcasts caught when spinning the FM dial. Collected together, the tracks (and the cracks in the pavement between them) help to create an ultra-vivid, impressionistic ‘day in the life of a neighborhood’.
During the painstaking process of assembling Wildflower, Chater and Di Blasi called on guest vocalists and like-minded musical collaborators for the first time. The finished record features an inimitable list of collaborators – modern day mavericks – that includes Camp Lo, Danny Brown, MF DOOM, Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev), Toro y Moi, Jonti Danimals, Biz Markie, Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux), Warren
Ellis (Dirty Three, the Bad Seeds), Father John Misty, psych-poet David Berman, orchestrator Jean Michel-Bernard (The Science of Sleep) and long time live accomplice James Dela Cruz.
Like its hugely acclaimed predecessor Since I Left You (2000), Wildflower sits on a patchwork of samples that includes works by calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini, the teenage punk-funk of Chandra, Moog scientist Mort Garson, a cosmic kids band playing ‘Come Together’ (personally approved by both Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono) and – on ‘Livin’ Underwater (Is Somethin’ Wild) – Linda McCartney and Sir Paul himself (from Ram). Wildflower – the album – is nothing less than a journey into a kaleidoscopic secret world of sound; a wormhole that leads to a place most of us didn’t even realize existed. It’s a timeless, untouchable, gloriously affectionate celebration of those musical mavericks who never gave a damn what anyone else thought.
Mavericks much like the peerless Avalanches themselves, then.
Tickets on sale Friday 28 April at 9am from Katy’s Bar & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300.