"I did one song with them a while ago and it was cool. They felt like it was OK and I felt like it was OK. But then we actually got in the studio and made a record and I swear, the record we made is incredible. "[Frankie] Sinatra" was the first one we did. That was cool, but the one we did after that... I swear, if we put that out, it'll change the world. I heard it that first night and that was the only time I heard it. I wanna hear it again," Danny Brown mysteriously revealed to Australia's Triple J Radio nearly two summers ago. Now, roughly 16 years after releasing their critically-acclaimed debut, Since I Left You, The Avalanches have finally unleashed the first single, "Frankie Sinatra" from their now-mythical follow-up, Wildflower. MF DOOM & Danny Brown-assisted "Frankie Sinatra" was suddenly premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio program overnight Wednesday into Thursday; ultimately, kick-starting a flurry of mass media coverage, which ended up culminating with a 22-song tracklist, a personalized note from the band, Wildflower's Sly & The Family Stone-evoking artwork, a world-wide July 8th release date, an insanely trippy Fleur & Manu-directed "Frankie Sinatra" video, and a blistering who's-who of album features. The Avalanches have masterfully inter-woven multiple samples culled from The Sound of Music staple "My Favorite Things," King Houdini & His Calypso Parliament's 1947 single "Bobby Sox Idol," and Mic Geronimo's "Masta I.C." which are all wonderfully brought together by Danny Brown & DOOM's undeniably rhythmic flows.
Although, it's currently unclear which artists will appear on which tracks, Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi, Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux, Camp Lo, Biz Markie, Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue, composer Jean-Michel Bernard, and Warren Ellis of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will all appear throughout Wildflower. Zane Lowe asked founding members Robbie Charter and Tony Di Blasi how they knew the album was finished: "It was the night before mastering... Robbie had to fly out to master and his flight left at 7:30 in the morning, so we're in the studio til 6:30 that morning til' he literally was like, 'I gotta go man, I gotta get on the plane.' We were like, 'I think it sounds good. F*ck it.'" Charter and Di Blasi went on to explain that they have numerous album's-worth of material stashed deep within their vault including a "Rock album" recorded with Empire of The Sun frontman Luke Steele, leftover material from their 2013 King Kong musical, and a glorious-sounding, yet scrapped Hip-Hop Yellow Submarine-reminiscent cartoon. The Avalanches' first album in 16 years, Wildflower is currently available for pre-order on Astralwerks/Modular/EMI/XL Recordings ahead of its forthcoming July 8th release date; Newbury Comics have announced a