It's sixteen years on, and the context has changed, but The Avalanches still have something to give.
You wait sixteen years for something, and it’s going to raise the stakes. In truth, the anticipation for new material from The Avalanches may have been tempered by the fact that all right minded people had pretty much given up hope we’d ever get a second album from the Aussies.
With a gap so long, there’s a generation of music fans who simply haven’t experienced the delights of ‘Since I Left You’, many of whom may be wondering exactly what the fuss is about. Back in 2000, though, ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ felt like The Future - impossibly smart and cool. Expecting that same effect in 2016 would be folly at best.
So, fair enough, ‘Frankie Sinatra’ doesn’t sound like music that’s changing the world. In fact, at times it sounds rather like Gorillaz. Not that that’s any insult - both are music from sharp minds, both trying to push at the edges of what’s acceptable in a mainstream mega-hit. With an impressive list of collaborators (this features both MF Doom and Danny Brown), there’s no shortage of star power too.
Trying to get a proper read on something with so much build up is a fruitless pursuit, but removing the baggage, in 2016 The Avalanches still sound like a band with something to offer. Fun, fanciful and finally here, good things come to those who wait.