"I don't know if I'd ever call Today is the Day 'avant-garde'." Have you HEARD Sadness Will Prevail? They do so many different things, noise rock, sludge, grind, tape manipulation, piano songs, world music, ballads, just on that record. And their sound is so malleable across their discog that I'd give them that avant garde/experimental label pretty easily.
Anyways, these singles are solid. Even if it's only as good as Animal Mother, it'll be good to hear new material from Steve and co.