One of the year’s most welcome music storylines has been the long overdue return of The Avalanches. The beloved yet elusive Melbourne-based group released their second studio album Wildflower last month, their first formal effort since their critically acclaimed debut LP Since I Left You arrived in the fall of 2000. Fans and critics alike have been handsomely rewarded for their patience during the group’s decade-and-a-half long hiatus, as the sample-heavy Wildflower runneth over with the irresistibly melodic and kaleidoscopic sounds they’re so well-known for.
Indeed, highlights are abundant across Wildflower’s expansive 21 tracks, but the shimmering “Subways” shines the brightest. Predicated upon a glorious vocal sample from the obscure 1980 no wave song of the same name recorded by Chandra Oppenheim, who was just 12 years old at the time, “Subways” also incorporates samples from the Bar-Kays and the Doobie Brothers among a few others. “I really like it,” Oppenheim, now in her late forties, admitted during a recent Thump interview. “I'm probably a bit biased, but I can't stop singing it. I'm singing their version of ‘Subways,’ not mine.”
Earlier today, The Avalanches unveiled a new video for “Subways,” replete with colorful, retro-flavored animation. Watch the video in full below, and if you haven’t given Wildflower a proper spin yet, there’s no time like now.