Pop’s biggest oddball comes through with his strongest set of songs since the 00s.
Ariel Pink has just shared a fittingly chilling and tragic video for “Picture Me Gone,” taken from his upcoming “solo debut” pom pom. The track might just be Ariel’s most mature and moving track yet, expressing with commendable candor the anxiety and pressure that the prospect of starting a family makes him feel. The song’s also one of his most frightening, dwelling on the matters of our ultimately ephemeral existences and our fading senses of sentimentality in the modern world. But none of that’s anywhere near as disquieting as the latex Ariel mask that appears throughout the video…
pom pom is out November 18 via 4AD. If you’re still an Ariel Pink skeptic, he also did a powerful rendition of “Picture Me Gone” recently with the PS22 Chorus that you might wanna check out. Find it here:
Lo-fi pop fans unite: There’s a new Ariel Pink album on the way. HOORAY!
Yes, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ariel Pink is gearing up for another album release this November via 4AD. The title of this forthcoming album is pom pom, and this debut single from it has been paired with the oddity of a music video embedded above.
“Put Your Number In My Phone,” is a catchy, blissful, and poetic love song where the protagonist desires a love interest’s phone number in his mobile device. Vocally, Pink is his typically shy self, and there’s even a cheesy phone recording that isn’t to unlike the one here.
Being this is a love song, it’s only fitting that the music video is loaded with awkward romantic rejections, which are experienced by Pink and his wheelchair-bound friend as they cruise the mall looking for fun and love. Need I also mention that Pink looks like a late 90s mall goth who just picked up a copy of Kid Rock’s Devil Without A Cause? Yes, yes, I need say that.
Look for pom pom on November 17th.
We’ve been pretty stoked about this Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink collaborative project ever since they dropped one of 2013′s best singles, “Hang on to Life,” last summer. You might recall the single later receiving a crazy, smokey music video that was equally great.
Well, second single “Called to Ring” has received the same treatment. The video features a strange camo-clad band playing along to the song in slow motion, occasionally being interrupted by the conjoined, mask-wearing faces of Pink and Elbrecht mouthing the lyrics. Like the previous one, it’s a trip. Hopefully there’s a full-length in the cards for Jorge Elbrose because this pair has proven to be just a machine at turning out obscenely catchy songs.
After putting out one of the best singles of this year, Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht team up for another track under the name Jorge Elbrose. The song streaming above is actually set to land on a forthcoming Mexican Summer 10″ compilation and book that celebrates five years of the label’s existence. Check it out here.
Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht drop a smokey, psychedelic video for their recently released “Hang On To Life” single, which you might already know I love. The single is out now via Mexican Summer, and you can now stream the b-side below, “No Real Friend”:
Ariel Pink comes through with a new, collaborative a-side with Jorge Elbrecht with the song “Hang On To Life.” The 7″ is due for release on Mexican Summer, and the track basically embodies everything that’s been so great about Ariel’s material over the past several years.
“Hang On To Life,” in a sense, is about heartbreak. It features soft rock instrumentation, a killer chorus, and plenty of retro kitsch. While Pink probably isn’t going to give up these aged sounds anytime soon, it doesn’t matter to me as long as the songwriting is this top-notch!
Check a review for Ariel’s Mature Themes below:
“Only In My Dreams” is one of those rare moments in the Ariel Pink discography where his melodic pop genius completely transcends any sense of irony or humor in the music or lyrics. It’s simply a really great song, with an unrelentingly catchy hook, hummable backing harmonies, and a trebly power pop guitar lead that sounds like a crisp Autumn day. The song itself could have easily come out of the 70s, but this new music video is distinctly 90s-influenced, featuring plenty of grainy VCR-style footage that could have come out of a home movie. The video tells kind of a dreamy love story between Ariel Pink and a revolving cast of girls, including one to whom Pink gives a CD copy of his new album Mature Themes with a wink. It’s pretty funny to watch Pink posture himself as a big time rock star in this video, and calls into question once again whether Pink is sincere or serious in his music making. Normally I’d be interested in answering that question, but this song is too good for me to care.
Featuring synth funk powerhouse Dâm-Funk, self-recording eccentric Ariel Pink has dropped a new song with his band, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.
The track comes from the band’s next album, which will be titled Mature Themes. It’s slated for an August 21st release, and I’m liking what I’m hearing so far. “Baby” seems to bring a bit of the filthiness that I think was tampered APHG’s last album, Before Today, which was a fitting title considering much of the material had been previously released. Before Today was Ariel Pink’s coming out party, and he essentially revamped some oldies for the occasion, while batching them with some new material as well. Mature Themes will be nothing but tracks Pink has recently written, and it could lead to some new sounds as well. Exciting!
Coming out July 5th on Mexican Summer, Part Time’s debut album, What Would You Say?. Fronted by singer-songwriter David Speck, this release should lovingly seduce the ear drums of anybody who is into the nostalgic hip swaying of Ariel Pink or John Maus.
Dig on a video for the track “Living In Pretend (My Girl Imagination)” right here, too.