Frankie Sinatra

Album: Wildflower (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • The first single released by The Avalanches in sixteen years, this song features rhymes from Detroit rapper Danny Brown and British-born hip hop recording artist MF Doom. The song has been in the works since at least 2012 and marks the first time the band has released music with original vocals.
  • Brown spoke about the collaboration in an interview with Pitchfork: "They [the Avalanches] contacted my manager," he said. "I knew of them, but I can't say I was that deep into their music. But I went back and studied it, and it's just amazing. I am ecstatic about that s--t."
  • Speaking with Zane Lowe, The Avalanches explained why they chose to work with Danny Brown.

    "We wanted to make this record still sound like us but to be a bit more loose and rock and roll," they said. "The initial plan was to make a crazy loose rock record, but with samples. Danny's voice is almost like a punk rock voice sometimes, so we thought it'd be perfect."
  • The hook is a sample of "Bobby Sox Idol," a song recorded by calypso singer Wilmoth Houdini in 1947. There's also an interlude containing "My Favorite Things" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound Of Music.

    The Avalanches' Tony Di Blasi told ABC the "Favourite Things"' sample is his favorite part of the song, "because growing up with five brothers and sisters we used to all watch musicals and The Sound of Music was one of the favourites. We were like little Von Trapp family singers ourselves."
  • The accompanying video was directed by Fleur & Manu (Drake, A$AP Rocky, M83), and shot on location in the bayou of New Orleans. The clip shows locals at a county fair tripping out on hallucinogenic ice-cream. According to publicity materials it, "draws inspiration from southern swamp culture."

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