Ariel Pink makes warmly and timelessly weird lofi pop/psych
at home in LA, capturing his unique and impassionedly
randomised take on the history of popular and unpopular
music on his worn-out tape-deck using old keyboards, fuzzed-out
guitars and drum sounds often made using his mouth.
The sound of Ariel Pink has been compared
to many things recently including Soft Pink Truth, Bobby Conn,
Guided By Voices, Fall demos and `tapes that've warped
in the sun'. His first Paw Tracks release
The Doldrums (2004) was the warm,
confusing but sweetly addictive sound of crooned classic
Lite FM pop tunes shining through the lofi haze.
The current album Worn Copy reaches further out to
take in everything from 60s psych to 80s rock/AOR, from
The Beach Boys to Amon Duul to The Gong Show.
After mutual friends passed his tapes to Animal Collective,
Ariel Pink became the first artist to be signed up to
Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label.
They are linked by an approach which includes using
arrays of cheap machines, voices, instruments and objects
to create a warm and highly personal music which
is unconcerned with genre boundaries.
(downloads and video clips)
(strange lights, tripel)
UM has his own take on the vocal/lofi crushed pop idea.
Traces of Mark E. Smith combine with digital fragments
and tightly off-kilter rhythms. Also supporting
The Magic Band this month in Cambridge, he has previously shared
bills with Panda Bear, V/Vm, Hot Chip and Kevin Blechdom amongst
john maus & gary war
(ariel pink's haunted graffiti)
John Maus (no relation to the Walker Brothers) and Gary War are
part of the ever-shifting collection of players making up
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti project. Longtime
Ariel Pink collaborators, tonight they will play as Haunted Graffiti
as well as doing a supporting set (as another incarnation
of Haunted Graffiti did to great effect with Panda Bear in January).
Their music has the same timeless, AM radio
sensibilities as Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti itself, making for an
intense evening of warped pop.
(John Maus/Ariel Pink collaboration, with clips)