A New-Ish Mix from The Avalanches: “Soca! Sirens! Brains!”
At this point, a new album from The Avalanches is like a new album from My Bloody Valentine: they’re both something that you expect to never see within your lifetime even as you secretly hold out hope that you’ll be proved wrong. That hope is fanned by the fact that both artists often like tease fans with signs of life. My Bloody Valentine reunited in 2008, during which Kevin Shields talked about a new album. And The Avalanches periodically release new mixes of material, such as this recording of a 2005 DJ set that they did at Brains, a club they used to run in Melbourne.
It’s fairly scattered, quality-wise, mostly a collection of vinyl tracks that span tropicalia, showtunes, and Michael Jackson. However, there are moments of undeniable brilliance, moments that make you long for a new proper album all the moreso.