18 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Inspired by Beastie Boys and De La Soul, Australian group The Avalanches packed an estimated 3500 samples into their debut album. But Since I Left You is less of a crazy quilt than it is a feather bed—a downy cushion of funk, soul, and easy-listening snippets that makes you feel like you're floating on air. It's technically instrumental, but dozens of vocal fragments—from Liza Minnelli to Sesame Street—create a bewitching siren song that drags you deep into the group's imaginary world.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Inspired by Beastie Boys and De La Soul, Australian group The Avalanches packed an estimated 3500 samples into their debut album. But Since I Left You is less of a crazy quilt than it is a feather bed—a downy cushion of funk, soul, and easy-listening snippets that makes you feel like you're floating on air. It's technically instrumental, but dozens of vocal fragments—from Liza Minnelli to Sesame Street—create a bewitching siren song that drags you deep into the group's imaginary world.

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