Since I Left You

Since I Left You

by The Avalanches
     
 

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Like a stack of vinyl left out in the midday sun, the hallucinogenic U.S. debut from the Avalanches spills over in a babble of anonymous notes and voices, exquisitely warped and stuck together like spun sugar. Recalling the dense montages perfected by the Beastie Boys and DJ Shadow back in the wild days beforeSee more details below

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Like a stack of vinyl left out in the midday sun, the hallucinogenic U.S. debut from the Avalanches spills over in a babble of anonymous notes and voices, exquisitely warped and stuck together like spun sugar. Recalling the dense montages perfected by the Beastie Boys and DJ Shadow back in the wild days before sample clearance fees, Since I Left You is 58 minutes of pure junk shop gold. Perhaps the B-list stars favored by the Australian group were an effort to save money -- the Osmonds, Nancy Wilson, and the Mamas & the Papas are probably not besieged with sample requests -- but more likely, it's that their collective pop dross makes the most impressive mountain of candy-coated hooks and beseeching vocals. Like a Phil Spector wall-of-sound production collapsing in upon itself, vintage '60s and '70s arrangements spill over disco beats and bits of dialogue, then dissolve into backward tape hypnotics and stereo-panning static. But don't get it twisted -- Since I Left You is far from casual. Much of its power derives from the meticulous cutting and pasting, most feverishly displayed on the jaw-dropping (if atypical) single "Frontier Psychiatrist," a hilarious assemblage of Wild West motifs, Freudian analysis, and cinematic thunder. It's an arch tour de force on an album whose pleasures are relatively straightforward -- unlike the Beasties circa Paul's Boutique and their ilk, the Avalanches don't revel in the obscurity of their sonic resources. "Radio" samples Madonna's "Holiday," after all. Content to amass the biggest pile of found sounds, the Avalanches radiate a big-hearted swirl of goodwill that suggests nothing short of Joyce's Ulysses with a drum machine. Just say "Yesss!!!"

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Editorial Reviews

Spin Magazine - Simon Reynolds
[9 out of 10] With no gaps between its 18 tracks, just a relentless party groove, Since I Left You is so madly glad, it's demented.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Modular Interscope
UPC:
0898926000422
catalogNumber:
4
Rank:
32076

Tracks

  1. Since I Left You  -  Avalanches
  2. Stay Another Season  -  Avalanches
  3. Radio  -  Avalanches
  4. Two Hearts in 3/4 Time  -  Avalanches
  5. Avalanche Rock  -  Avalanches
  6. Flight Tonight  -  Avalanches
  7. Close to You  -  Avalanches
  8. Diners Only  -  Avalanches
  9. A Different Feeling  -  Avalanches
  10. Electricity  -  Avalanches
  11. Tonight May Have to Last Me All My Life  -  Avalanches
  12. Pablo's Cruise  -  Avalanches
  13. Frontier Psychiatrist  -  Avalanches
  14. Etoh  -  Avalanches
  15. Summer Crane  -  Avalanches
  16. Little Journey  -  Avalanches
  17. Live at Dominoes  -  Avalanches
  18. Extra Kings  -  Avalanches

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Avalanches   Primary Artist
Darren Seltmann   Vocals
Darren   Track Performer
Gordon McQuilten   Percussion,Piano
James De La Cruz   Turntables
Bobby Dazzler   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Sally Russell   Vocals
Antoinette Halloran   Vocals
Supa Crew   Vocals
Saian Supa Crew   Vocals

Technical Credits

Pat Shannahan   Sample Clearance
Mike Marsh   Mastering
Chris Scallan   Pro-Tools
Darren Seltmann   Producer
Avalanches   Composer,Engineer
Darren   Brass Band
Louisa Silverman   Contributor
Robbie Chater   Producer
Richie Robinson   Live Production
Chris Scallen   Pro-Tools
Bobby C.   Producer

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