It’s 16 years since the Avalanches’ era-defining ‘Since I Left You’. How can a follow-up that took so long sound so meh?
Actual Size : Weights And Measures EP
Opening tune 'Safety Catch' wrongfoots you several times. You think you're in a folk song, then distorted piano and shuffle beats kick in and we head for the junk-shop rock hills.
The obvious ace in their hand is singer Ed Patrick who cuts through whatever kind of mangled soul-rock they're fusing, sounding strong and plaintive like a 70s reggae singer, despite being a longhaired whiteboy and ex-metal fan. ‘Swan Lake' is cheekily built round the appropriate ballet sample, waltzing along dreamily.
Elsewhere they skip from funk noise mash-ups to stuttering banjo chants, but their embrace of all things musically oddball and twisted-fi never sounds like showing off.
Just maverick cool tunes from a quintet of real originals. Keep watching.
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