Imagine if you will: a light tropical breeze stirring you from a restful sleep, island bird songs and sweet plumeria blossoms fill your senses with delight as you rise and breathe deeply. Looking out over the calm Pacific Ocean from your spacious and well-appointed suite, you see azure blue all around. This perfection is interrupted only by tiny wisps of white clouds sweeping gently across the skyline.
This is what listening to the title track of Since I Left You, by Melbourne, Australia's the Avalanches, is like. This ethereal blend of soulful trip/hop conjures images of the Rascal's "Groovin" and Sly and the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime," fused with the smoothest of Delfonics' earthy soul.
The perfect day begins: hopping into your candy apple red convertible Mustang GT - top down of course - you begin the gorgeous drive to the perfect beach as warm air whips your hair into a frenzy. You are listening to this beautiful music. "Since I Left You" gracefully gives way to "Another Season," then "Radio," as they all blend into a perfect soulful, groovy backdrop. The white-sand beach awaits you.
Plopping down your umbrella, you and your sweetheart crack open the frosty cold Coronas. You insert freshly cut limes, slather on the sunscreen and take a large gulp of your intoxicating brew. The local islander's smoke wafts by softly, giving you the perfect contact high. Now you are ready for "Two Hearts in 3/4 Time" and "Avalanche Rock." The sun, the libations, and the warm smell of colitas lull you into a dreamy state as you float back and forth to the infectious grooves. This is trip-hop as God would have made it.
As if the Avalanches were saying, "Don't sleep too long, my love," you're suddenly jolted back to Earth. It's time to party and "Flight Tonight" is just that. Now you're ready to take your honey on a globetrotting adventure replete with hot spots, paparazzi, and sweaty body moves on the dancefloor with the DJ spinning these nuggets: "Close To You" and "Diners Only."