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2000, Abstract, Alternative Dance, Disco, Electronic, House, Plunderphonics, The Avalanches

41. Something for the Weekend: The Avalanches “Frontier Psychiatrist”

The Avalanches "Frontier Psychiatrist" (2000)

Following successful support slots with the likes of Beck, Public Enemy and The Beastie Boys in the late-90’s, Australian electronic group The Avalanches eventually released their début album at the start of the new century.

The release, Since I Left You, was originally pencilled in for release in early 2000; however this release date was pushed back on a number of occasions, as the group struggled to clear the mammoth amount of samples that duly appear.

By November, Since I Left You finally hit shelves, eventually breeding five singles – the second of which was to become a cult classic.
Released at the tail end of the summer in 2000, the video for “Frontier Psychiatrist” – directed by Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire – blended numerous elderly actors playing various elements of the song.
As an example of the sheer scale of clearances necessary for the album, “Frontier Psychiatrist” contained thirty-seven various vocal snippets that required approval.

“Frontier Psychiatrist” is one of only two singles by The Avalanches to break the UK top-twenty and bar several mixtapes and remixes, things became rather quiet following the album’s release.
In 2008, it was rumoured that a new Avalanches album may be débuting the following year; however two-and-a-half years later, that has yet to appear, although announcements are thought to follow in the next few months.


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