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The Doldrums

The Doldrums

September 2, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Label: Paw Tracks
  • Copyright: 2005 Paw Tracks
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  • Total Length: 1:02:38
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  • ASIN: B001F3L9VU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,710 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By qwff on April 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard tracks from this album on Stuart Maconie's "Freak Zone" show on BBC, I knew I had to have it. It sounded different from everything that I had been listening in the past. A fan of hardcore diy, Ariel Pink creates an unique sound based on lo-fi and classic pop. Another reviewer says that it sounds "as if a pillow was pressed against the stereo", but I think that is an essential part of Ariel's style. You see sudden bursts of beauty but you can't take it or control it. It is like if the music came, distorted, from a neighbor party to which you are not invited.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Monigan Addiman on March 17, 2005
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While everyone's mining the 70s and 80s for nostalgic purposes or in this self-conscious, tongue-in-cheek kind of way, it's refreshing to hear kids who grew up then just sort of expressing how that was. At the Whitney this year there was a room full of Super Mario clouds advancing across the walls with this 8-bit soundtrack over, and it made you remember how weird it felt to spend an entire afternoon just in that small square world. Ariel Pink reminds me of how MTV felt. I didn't have cable, and so I got it in glimpses from friends' older sisters, and it is in my head this jumble of synths and halated light and cheap drum loops and effete young men with lined eyes. It's like Ariel and I had the same wallpaper.
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Amazing lo-fi artistry...so glad to have come across this album again! I love the strange combinations of layered sound and varying levels of lyrical clarity. It's like listening in on someone's thoughts with fascination rather than voyeuristic intent - you can't quite make out all the words or the emotional content as "noise" fizzes over; scrambling some of the personal meaning. At other times the station comes fully in range again and the listener can more easily pick up what is meant to be projected. The overall effect creates a sense of guarded intimacy.
"Among Dreams" is my favorite track on the album, and it's an accessible example of the acquired weirdness that is Ariel Pink.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover from Wisconsin on April 26, 2005
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I got this record because a recent SPIN review gave it an A. This record is the kind of music you'd listen to while painting or writing poetry. This is not happy dance music, but it is so unique and different. The low-fi effect can get a little annoying, but hey, just take it as it is and get your creative juices flowing.
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By James R. Hall on July 10, 2013
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I've copied my Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti MP3's to a flash drive which I wear on a lanyard. It has great talismanic significance for me.
Creativity has always fascinated me. "Why did he start writing songs?", "What keeps him going?" and most important in this case "Why is Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti so different?". There's a fluidity in the writing that's unsurpassed - at least in the Indi-DIY arena. The vocal & lyrical stile compliment each other well and while the recording is primitive there is an undeniable pop sensibility that I find quite pleasing.
It's a weird little snack. Not for everyone. It'll be a long time before I'm done studying it though and it pleases me to have The Doldrums hanging from my neck.
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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's second album "The Doldrums" may sound like a bummer, but the elbow swinging honey-suckle beats drifting through your neighbor's window from another era tell a different story. Sure there might be some things bothering you- isn't there always something- and this album feels a bit like dozing off on a tweed couch to dream candy coated rollerrinks and early 70s car rides. Pink's is an era where dreaming and everyday imagination are more commonplace. "The Doldrums" (2004) is considered by many to be Ariel Pink's breakthrough album, one that would affect an entire generation of artists that came afterward. Ariel consistently uses poppy, treble-fed beats that sound bright and colorful, but he mixes them with reverb, distortion and miscellaneous recorded sounds that make it sound far away. I am wary to oversimplify Pink's vocals, but he seems to have two main tones, a dull, detached mid-toned male voice and a screeching high-pitched wail. The other members of the band also pitch-in vocals frequently, often as back-up singers or to reinforce certain words or phrases.

"Among Dreams we're best friends" begins the third track of the album, a sentiment that Ariel Pink relays deeply. In a Spin article [...] I read from August 2012, Ariel tells of his intent to take music back before the gaudy hair shows of the 80s and the depressed and departed grunge of the 90s. "Amoung Dreams" wistfully imagines this harmonious world and we tread there upon a cool, beach guitar rhythm. "For Kate I Wait" is next, portrayed almost entirely against a humming electronic sunset tone. Kate must be one rad chick. The play doesn't slow as "Haunted Graffiti" comes next, and the gritty streets come through before a male and female voice sing simultanously over a hissing reverb.
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Songs Include : Good Kids Make Bad Grown Ups / Strange Fires / Among Dreams / For Kate I Wait / Haunted Graffiti / Gray Sunset / The Doldrums / Envelopes Another Day / The Ballad Of Bobby Pyn / Don't Think Twice Love / Until The Night Dies / Crying / Theme From Unreleased Claris Gardens / Let's Build A Camp Fire There / Young Pilot Astray
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