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The Avalanches are an Australian trio formed in 1997 that deals in Electronic Music
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 various names
It wasn't until their fifth show until they finally became The Avalanches. The name is actually a Shout-Out
to the album Ski Surfing with The Avalanches
by... The Avalanches. note
Their debut single, "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. UK-exclusive, though.
The Avalanches started work on their debut album, Since I Left You
in the middle of 1998, using the Working Title
, Pablo's Cruise note
. They finally finished it in 2000. However, the release was 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. No, it still hasn't come out yet.
There have been many announcements of the album's development, but no release date. They did
reveal a demo track, though.
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- El Producto (1997) (EP)
- Undersea Community (1999) (EP)
- Since I Left You (2000)
- At Last Alone (2001) (EP)
These tropes need therapy:
- A Wild Rapper Appears: In "Flight Tonight", with an appearance of the Saian Supa Crew.
- All Psychology Is Freudian: "Frontier Psychiatrist" has Word Salad Lyrics that parody this trope (like referencing the Freudian Couch).
- Bookends: Of sorts. The first track has the lines, "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..."
- Cut Song: "With My Baby" was originally meant to be on Since I Left You, between "Stay Another Season" and "Radio", but it ended up as a B-Side on the "Frontier Psychiatrist" single.
- Early Installment Weirdness: As mentioned above, El Producto is a Rap EP. The music is also a lot rougher compared to Since I Left You.
- Fading into the Next Song: Almost every song on Since I Left You does this.
- Frontier Doctor: The titular "Frontier Psychiatrist".
- Genre Roulette: Since I Left You switches between House and Trip-Hop a lot, with some ambient thrown in near the end of the album.
- Gratuitous Japanese: "Undersea Community" and "Yamaha Superstar".
- It Will Never Catch On: When making Since I Left You, the group initially thought that no one would care about it.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Two Hearts In 3/4 Time", a lovely, calming, bubbly song, ends with discordant blip sounds and chaotic drumming drowning out the rest of the song before segueing into "Avalanche Rock".
- Looped Lyrics: A few of their songs.
- Miniscule Rocking: "Avalanche Rock" is the shortest song on SILY at 21 seconds long.
- Mondegreen: "Since I Left You" invokes this; the original lyric was, "since I met you". It just ended up sounding like "left" when it was sampled.
- Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Many of the songs on Since I Left You are hard to define as a specific genre. The only exceptions are "Live At Dominoes" (House Music), "Etoh" (Trip-Hop), and maybe "Frontier Psychiatrist" (Trip-Hop with a bit of classical, funk and turntablism).
- One-Woman Wail: Played with in the intro of "Electricity"; it's actually multiple wails by the same woman layered over each other.
- Recurring Riff: The flute sample heard in "Summer Crane" is reprised at the end of "Extra Kings".
- Regional Bonus: 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.
- Siamese Twin Songs: 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.
- Stop and Go: Done twice in "Close to You".
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: 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.
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Slow Walking" and "Everyday". Also, pretty much all of El Producto.
- Word Salad Title: The three names the group had before settling on "The Avalanches".