The Avalanches: Frankie Sinatra

A casual 16 years since their wondrous debut record Since I Left You, Australian electronic outfit The Avalanches have released their first single from the highly anticipated second album—called Wildflower—which finally has a confirmed release date: 8 July 2016. The group (now made up of Robbie Chater, James Dela Cruz and Tony Di Blasi) teamed up with Danny Brown and MF Doom for the track “Frankie Sinatra” and it cheerily plods along with a circus-like tuba bass line and samples from calypso singer Wilmoth Houdini’s “Bobby Sox Idol” (in form of the hook) and a little bite of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. The video—filmed in New Orleans—echoes the carnival vibe, adding in some hallucinogenic drinks and crazy ensuing behavior. Wildflower will apparently feature the likes of Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi, Camp Lo, Warren Ellis of Dirty Three, Empire of the Sun and Biz Markie—a list that reflects The Avalanches’ encyclopedic musical knowledge and influence.