The simple, yet complex, all too familiar motif which runs throughout this modern classic in all of its variations, truly speaks to anyone who has felt the ever-changing vicissitudes of the intimate relationship; especially those serial monogamists amongst us. One is easily drawn into a veritable ‘avalanche’ of samples ranging from the wide-eyed innocence of ‘Tammy’s in Love’, to those more realistic moments when we, (oh, so rightly), feel ‘Crazy in the Coconut’. On this record, the Avalanches present themselves as the light-hearted albeit both quirky and zany, (in the best ways possible), ‘frontier psychiatrists’ that they are. If you’re looking for something with an irresistible groove to get you moving that’s not quite as flighty or ubiquitous as dance music in the mainstream, look no further.
At first glance, the title and album art seems to belie the true sentiment of the music. There’s a sea of indistinct people navigating through rather rough waters and darkness on the front cover. On the back, it seems as though the journey claims some casualties showing others the light. On the title track, though, instead of the maudlin and sometimes even bitter sentiments typically associated with having left a relationship, what we get is a sense of renewed freedom and exploration. A friendly word to the wise: the samples on this album will get stuck in your head; from/And I Need to Book a Flight Tonight to Psychosomatic/That boy needs Therapy, I dare you to listen to this and NOT be oddly, joyfully affected. I strongly urge you to let Since I Left You be your new drug of choice.
– Melissa Miccio