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For the best part of a decade, Los Angeles native Ariel Rosenberg has been carving some of the most intoxicating music going, a reclusive pop surrealist whose corroded productions have led to a cult following that has often been difficult to keep up with. Now signed to 4AD, Ariel Pink s Haunted Graffiti release Before Today on June 8, 2010.
With roots going back as far as 1996, the West Coast act are as sublime as they are surreal with a sound loaded with hazy nostalgia and a fiercely experimental pop palette. From the Haunted Graffiti series (from which the full band s name is now derived), which featured the likes of Worn Copy (2005) and House Arrest (2006), Ariel Pink has established himself as one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, a visionary producer in the vein of Joe Meek and Ariel s hero and previous collaborator, tape deck dilettante, R. Stevie Moore, creating a world through certain production touches.
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i saw him later at an fyf fest and remember the NA NA NAA of the song round and round making an impression on me. and then the bassline was really catchy too. i then knew that i liked two of his songs but wasnt really grooving on the rest.
then, he releases pom pom and im curious about what hes up to and then it just clicked. like, oh. this guy makes a lot of different kinds of songs yet he still sounds like ariel pink. idk. im being inarticulate. suffice to say that i am now a big fan and love all his styles of music.
this album is great, love it. particularly bright eyes blue skys. beverly kills, all of them actually
I would boldly say that I find this album to be even better than some of the material that inspired it. It is so much better than a lot of Roxy Music and David Bowie albums, and that comes from a big fan of both artists.
Even sounding like an old album, you can really tell this material is brand new. Ariel leave his bizarre touch on all songs, and that's what really shines, and makes this album so much more unique than just a 70's revival.
Ariel have a great sense of breaking the rules of common pop music, and in a way that's pleasing, not just some experimental non-sense. All songs have a really different structure from most regular pop music, and the use of recordings, like conversations and phone calls, is brilliant.
So, if you want to hear some new, creative and avant-garde pop music, you must buy this album. Also, have a look on the John Maus albums, they are quite similar to Ariel Pink.