The Avalanches stormed back onto the scene last year with Wildflower, their first effort in sixteen years. ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ is one of the standout tracks on the Avalanches’ 1999 debut release Since I Left You. Wayne and Shuster’s 1959 comedy ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ is transformed by the haunting choral chants of the Enoch Light Singers which ironically give the song a contemporary feel. This track is made of layers upon layers of samples which are all interwoven to create a track which you can’t help but get lost in.
The intro to this song reminds me of one of my many failed attempts to pluck out a song. Fortunately, Peter Bibby is a lot more successful at producing a great finished product. The plucky intro builds into a thick rocky riff. On top of this Bibby bemoans his medical ailments. However, the track builds up to a cheery chorus about going to hospital begging for prescription drugs. A cheery ode to abusing the NHS (I know he’s Australian, give me a break).
It’s the end of the night – or maybe the beginning of the morning and for some reason you’re still awake. Everyone around you has passed out, but you’re there lying on the floor, head propped up against the sofa, the speakers out of reach. This is when Justin Ramsey’s ‘Circus’ will appear in your life, the beat feels familiar but just when you think the track is about to drop it builds you up even further and when the spacey synths kick in it’ll have you fumbling for Shazam.