We Spoke to the Now-Grown
Up 12-Year-Old The Avalanches
Sampled on Their New Song — Thump
The internet has been abuzz with the return of The Avalanches, as the sample-obsessed Australian group is set to follow up their critically adored 2000 LP Since I Left You with a new album next month, entitled Wildflower. After sharing a new MF Doom and Danny Brown-featuring song "Frankie Sinatra" last week, footage has surfaced of them playing a new song "Subways" at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival on Friday night, after teasing the track in late May via a call-in hotline.
Upon hearing this new Avalanches tune, we did some digging and learned that the track's sampled vocal is from a song of the same name on a cult no wave/post punk EP called Transportation. Aside from being a fascinatingly obscure record in itself, that 1980 release is also intriguing because it is sung by a 12-year-old: Chandra Oppenheim, daughter of the conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim. Transportation was reissued in 2014 by Cantor Records and Rain Boots records, and the artist is still working today, having...
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