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-->''"Flight 22 is off to Honolulu"''

The Avalanches are an Australian trio formed in 1997 that deals in ElectronicMusic.

Initially, they started out as a rock group called Alarm 115. The lineup had Robbie Chater on the keyboards, Tony Diblasi also on the keyboards, as well as handling bass and background vocals Darren Seltmann on lead vocals, and later Manabu Etoh on drums. Etoh would later be deported (and The Avalanches actually named one of their songs after him), and eventually Alarm 115 disbanded.

After the parting of Alarm 115, they used some old vinyl records they bought to make a demo tape consisting of 30 songs called ''Pan Amateur''. A new group was formed in 1997 that had Chater, Diblasi, Seltmann, and new guy Gordon [=McQuilten=] on keyboards to play the tracks live in concert. Their first four shows were played under [[IHaveManyNames various names]]. [-[[note]]Swinging Monkey Cocks, Quentin's Brittle Bones, and Whoops Down Syndrome. No, really.[[/note]]-]

It wasn't until their fifth show until they finally became The Avalanches. The name is actually a ShoutOut to the album ''Ski Surfing with The Avalanches'' by... [[NamesTheSame The Avalanches.]] [-[[note]]Fun fact: a giant replica of the vinyl pressing of ''Ski Surfing with The Avalanches'' appears in the video for "Frontier Psychiatrist" as another ShoutOut.[[/note]]-]

Their debut single, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness "Rock City"]], was released in September of 1997. The debut EP, ''El Producto'' (which was actually a ''Rap'' EP), was released later that year in December. The EP was so successful, that Steve Pavlovic signed them to his new label, Modular Recordings in the following year. Another EP called ''Undersea Community'' was released in 1999. [[NoExportForYou UK-exclusive, though.]]

The Avalanches started work on their debut album, ''Music/SinceILeftYou'' in the middle of 1998, using the WorkingTitle, ''Pablo's Cruise'' [--[[note]]which would later be merely the title of one of the songs[[/note]]--]. They finally finished it in 2000. However, the release was [[ScheduleSlip delayed]] due to attempts to get the samples cleared. The album finally dropped in Australia in July (America and the UK got it in 2001), along with a mixtape that served as sort of a preview of the album, along with mixing in some of the samples used on it and the group's personal favorite songs.

They've also started work on a second album... in 2005. There had been many announcements of the album's development throughout this time period, but no release date was permanently set. They ''did'' reveal [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XTrz0yvxe0 a demo track in 2012, though.]] In 2016, they released [[https://youtu.be/NAMPOAfdH8U this video]], [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the album's long creation process, presumably to confirm that they're still working on it. They followed this up with the release of "Frankie Sinatra", featuring Music/DannyBrown and Music/MFDoom, confirming in an interview that the new album's title is ''Wildflower'', and [[https://www.facebook.com/theavalanches/photos/a.10150623460292273.387323.23154697272/10153484662442273/?type=3 making this announcement]] on their Website/{{Facebook}} page. After 16 years, it finally happened on July 8, 2016 (with a release 1 week prior on Apple Music), with even more special guests including the likes of Biz Markie, Toro Y Moi, Camp Lo, Ariel Pink, and Jonathan Donahue.

You can find them on [[https://twitter.com/TheAvalanches Twitter,]] [[http://www.facebook.com/theavalanches Facebook,]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/user/AvalanchesOfficial YouTube.]]

! Discography:

* ''El Producto'' (1997) (EP)
* ''Undersea Community'' (1999) (EP)
* ''Music/SinceILeftYou'' (2000)
** ''Gimix'' (2000)
* ''At Last Alone'' (2001) (EP)
* ''Wildflower'' (2016)

! I found these tropes so new:

* AWildRapperAppears:
** In "Flight Tonight", with an appearance of the Saian Supa Crew.
** "Frankie Sinatra", with a feature from both Music/DannyBrown and Music/MFDoom.
** Brown returns on "The Wozard of Iz", and Biz Markie features on "The Noisy Eater".
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: "Frontier Psychiatrist" has WordSaladLyrics that parody this trope (like referencing the FreudianCouch).
* BookEnds: Of sorts. The first track has the lines, "[[TitleDrop Since I left you]], I found a world so new." The last song, "Extra Kings" has these lines at the end: "I try but I just can't get you... ever since the day I left you..."
* CelebritySong: "Frankie Sinatra".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: As mentioned above, ''El Producto'' is a Rap EP. The music is also a lot rougher compared to ''Since I Left You''.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Almost every song on ''Since I Left You'' does this, as do many of the songs on ''Wildflower''.
* FrontierDoctor: The titular "Frontier Psychiatrist".
* GenreRoulette: ''Since I Left You'' switches between House and Trip-Hop a lot, with some ambient thrown in near the end of the album. Conversely, ''Wildflower'' goes between hip-hop, house, neo-psychedelia, and soul.
* GratuitousJapanese: "Undersea Community" and "Yamaha Superstar".
* IncrediblyLongNote: In "Sunshine".
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: When making ''Since I Left You'', the group initially thought that no one would care about it.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Two Hearts In 3/4 Time", a [[SweetDreamsFuel lovely, calming, bubbly song,]] ends with discordant blip sounds and chaotic drumming drowning out the rest of the song before segueing into "Avalanche Rock".
* LoopedLyrics: A few of their songs.
* MinisculeRocking: "Avalanche Rock" is the shortest song on ''SILY'' at 21 seconds long.
** "The Leaves Were Falling", the first track on ''Wildflower'', is even shorter (0:15).
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Since I Left You" [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this; the original lyric was, "since I ''met'' you". It just ended up sounding like "left" when it was sampled.
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Many of the songs on ''Since I Left You'' are hard to define as a specific genre. The only exceptions are "Live At Dominoes" (HouseMusic), "Etoh" (Trip-Hop), and ''maybe'' "Frontier Psychiatrist" (Trip-Hop with a bit of classical, funk and turntablism).
* OneWomanWail: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the intro of "Electricity"; it's actually multiple wails by the same woman layered over each other.
* RecurringRiff: The flute sample heard in "Summer Crane" is reprised at the end of "Extra Kings".
* RegionalBonus: [[InvertedTrope Inverted.]] Some samples had to be taken out of international releases due to licensing issues, most notably the flute sample in "Summer Crane".
* {{Sampling}}: Lots. In fact, ''Since I Left You'' was supposedly made using '''3,500''' samples.
* ShoutOut: During his guest appearance on "Noisy Eater", Biz Markie raps the line "I don't want no chicken 'cuz it tastes like wood", a reference to Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight".
* SiameseTwinSongs: There are two instances of this; the pairs of "Since I Left You" and "Stay Another Season", and "Etoh" and "Summer Crane". For the first pair, the drum loop heard throughout "Since I Left You" is carried over into "Stay Another Season", while the titular vocals of "Since I Left You" don't appear until halfway through. For the second pair, only the vocals of "Etoh" are carried over into "Summer Crane".
** There's also an instance of Siamese ''Triplet'' Songs; "Flight Tonight", "Close To You" and "Diner's Only". The synth sample heard in "Flight Tonight" keeps playing for a bit while it goes into "Close To You", which in turn has a section near the middle that is sort of reprised in "Diner's Only". There's also a vocal sample used in "Close To You" that goes "Gentleman that's going round, turning the joint upside down" that can be heard in "Diner's Only", but a lot quieter.
** ''Wildflower'' has a Siamese ''Quintuplet'' song, with the opener "The Leaves Were Falling," "Because I'm Me," the album version of "Frankie Sinatra," "Subways", and "Going Home" all seamlessly leading into each other.
* SpokenWordInMusic: Very common in their music, though the spoken word bits are usually (if not always) samples.
* StopAndGo: Done twice in "Close to You".
* StupidStatementDanceMix: The main chorus of "Frontier Psychiatrist" samples different parts of an old Wayne and Shuster skit in this manner. The "verses", so to speak, also sample various spoken word records.
* SubliminalSeduction: Playing "Colours" backwards reveals these vocals (sampled from: "Where There's a Heartache" by The Sandpipers):
-->After the tears
-->True love can start
-->Where there's a heartache
-->There must be a heart
* WordSaladLyrics: "Slow Walking" and "Everyday". Also, pretty much all of ''El Producto''.
* WordSaladTitle: The three names the group had before settling on "The Avalanches".