The Avalanches - Since I Left You (2xLP Vinyl)

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Since I Left You is the debut studio album by Australian electronic group The Avalanches, released on 27 November 2000 by Modular Recordings. It was produced by group members Robbie Chater and Darren Seltmann (under the pseudonym Bobbydazzler), and Samples extensively from various genres. The album was recorded and produced at two separate, near-identical studios by Chater and Seltmann, exchanging audio mixes of records they sampled. Chater has estimated that there are over 3,500 samples that were used overall although some estimate the number to be much lower, roughly 900. After sampling and arranging, the pair would swap their tapes, listen to each other's ideas, and expand on whatever they had heard. 

After the album's positive reception in Australia, the duo considered an international release – its date was held back until 2001 in the United Kingdom and North America and appeared in slightly altered forms. The delay and changes occurred so that the group could obtain permission to use the samples or use replacements. Four singles were released from the album:  'Electricity', 'Frontier Psychiatrist, 'Since I Left You' & 'Radio'.

LP pressing on 2xLP gatefold 180-gram vinyl. 



Endless summers for many youths don't consist of beaches and surfboards. Instead, they're spent on blacktops and jungle gyms. More gritty and halfway between the curb and the hoop than anything celestial, the Avalanches remind you of a point in your life when you could blissfully hang upside down from monkey bars and just dangle. Like recklessly riding your BMX or skipping rope after downing a sugar-laced pitcher of lemonade, the un-mawkish Since I Left You thrives on making you feel youthful and mighty. Its Utopian grove stand bric-a-brac of grooves, beats, flutters, whistles, oohs-and-yeahs, and sundry animal noises can alternately sound familiar and fresh. Some origins can be immediately placed, and those that can't trigger an impulse that you've heard it somewhere before. You're at least familiar with the tone as it relates to a long-lost feeling of childhood bliss -- whether it's staring at a clear blue sky from a fresh-cut lawn or the first time you heard "Rock the Bells." If you want stifling touchstones, they're there. Dunk the Beastie Boys of Paul's Boutique  and Basement Jaxx into the fountain of youth; Sylvester meets Tweety; Mercury Rev links hands with  The Bomb Squad for laps around the roller rink. It's no cloyed nostalgia trip, pieced together humbly by Aussies who are probably telling you the truth when they say they listen "to a little bit of everything." The unflinching mix offers plenty of tempo variety, knowing just when to change the pitch before hitting overkill. The second half features a subtle lull that builds up in time for "Live at Dominoes," possibly the strongest cut. There's little doubt to Since I Left You's status as one of the most intimate and emotional dance records that isn't vocal-based. Working on a mystical level, don't be too surprised if a future dig through the wallet unearths a membership card to the Summer Break Funk Association.


By: Andy Kellman.
 


A1 Since I Left You
A2 Stay Another Season
A3 Radio
A4 Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
B1 Avalanche Rock
B2 Flight Tonight
B3 Close To You
B4 Diners Only
B5 A Different Feeling
C1 Electricity 
C2 Tonight
C3 Pablo's Cruise
C4 Frontier Pyschiatrist
D1 Etoh
D2 Summer Crane
D3 Little Journey
D4 Live At Dominoes
D5 Extra Kings


Catalogue Number: XLLP138

Record Label: Modular / XL Recordings