Ariel Pink

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leaked, btw.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 8 April 2010 04:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, and the album is aswesome.
the production of it is the best thing i've heard in awhile, which i guess is even a bigger achievement for him as a lo-fi artist (till now).
as for the tunes: a little more accessible, but the weird-psych is still going on with full power for most of it, and thank god for that.

every song sounds a somewhat different, though they all share the same vibe as a whole:
animal collective, mercury rev (little wig), stereolab (bright lit), air, fleetwood mac/chicago (can't hear my eyes). actually 70's softrock all over the place.
gotta love it.

Zeno, Thursday, 8 April 2010 08:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hoping we get at least one Aeroplane remix of a track from this album.

Fetchboy, Thursday, 8 April 2010 08:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

well this album pretty much owns

goon with the wind (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 8 April 2010 09:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

excited!!

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 8 April 2010 09:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

what is a butt-house blondie?

mizzell, Thursday, 8 April 2010 14:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

the last track on this is pretty ace.. it's like a weirdo kraut wire tune

Tom doesn't sleep.. Tom Waits. (Future_Perfect), Thursday, 8 April 2010 16:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

There's a zip on 4chan but i that sounds like a bad idea....

Adam Bruneau, Thursday, 8 April 2010 18:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

This might be the best thing he has done. Either that, or I'm getting carried away. Time will tell.

SourPatchCorpse, Thursday, 8 April 2010 19:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

This one is going definitely going to net him a new audience. The production is excellent, shimmering and hazy, and shows he can work just as well within a more "produced" setting. Late 70's Fleetwood Mac aesthetic is definitely in place, plenty of weirdo lounge-pop; this has "LA Record" written all over it.

oscar, Thursday, 8 April 2010 20:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

what are the lyrics of the chorus of "round and round"?

today i've been singing "i'm goin baaaaaack/ goin baaaaaack/ to the maaaaaaaaall"

goon with the wind (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

now is the time alloted for ariel pink, huh. is this just 4ad publicity? or ppl hate lofi more than i thought. not sure what else helps an act like this move up a division as it looks like is going on.

ogmor, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

ariel pink is da best at basslines

samosa gibreel, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

s this just 4ad publicity?

partly, sure

or ppl hate lofi more than i thought.

hifi music is generally more accessible

not sure what else helps an act like this move up a division as it looks like is going on.

writing a single as good as "round and round"

goon with the wind (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

xp OTM "alisa" por ejemplo

69, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

people like to think they're watching artists grow up and mature and grow, and this all fits into his whole narrative about shedding the bullshit and giving you the real, raw deal ariel pink.

samosa gibreel, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

chorus of the year so far imo

samosa gibreel, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

the raw pink

goon with the wind (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

can't wait to see this dude live

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

@ the hollywood bowl

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

ogmor: i'm listening to this album pretty loud in my living room atm and my stepfather just asked what artist this is, and said he was groovin to it and would check him out. he's not a total grump but i'm pretty sure if it were any other ariel pink album he would have just told me to turn it down or off entirely.

samosa gibreel, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

this album will fill the niche this year that the girls album did last year

goon with the wind (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

this album will fill the niche this year that the girls album did last year

Except I won't find it lacking.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

unsure how much ilm head-types differ from the dads of the world in lofi tolerance. I spose 4ad is the biggest factor; pretty sure plenty of ppl digging this wld have no clue if he'd recorded anything this good before, quality is necessary, not sufficient.

ogmor, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've been in and out of familiarity with Ariel Pink since the first stuff started coming out (way-too-hip weirdo music friends), and there's definitely been a shift to a more accessible songwriting style in that time. The lofi to hifi shift doesn't hurt things, but I don't think it really explains the sudden greater interest in the way the better/different songwriting style does. I mean, people went nuts over Times New Viking for a hot minute and they record things over a phone on an answering machine.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

the songwriting seems more key, its more poised & elegant and less crazed rs moore, amateur fan in the bathroom. maybe I wish the relationship between those two sounds was more up for grabs for more ppl, but I am a guy that just wants to see more love from ppl all the time anyway

ogmor, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

almost every song sounds like a direct pastiche for another band/song.

but it's a professional theft.

Zeno, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

Album sounds good on one listen but nothing sounds as great as "Round and Round"

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

Round and Round is the sort of a song i usually likes at first, but after awhile neglect it in favour of the more sophisticated,less immediate stuff, that lingers longer

Zeno, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm having trouble figuring out why all of Ariel's previous albums were largely ignored and yet the leak of this one is an internet-wide musical/cultural event.

skip, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

cause of THE PRODUCTION

and the single i guess

Zeno, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

i'm having trouble figuring out why you've apparently chosen not to read any of this thread

goon with the wind (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

in terms of songwriting - it's still kinda "difficult"
xpost

Zeno, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

also apparently he is influential now iirc

samosa gibreel, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

ive listened to this on repeat all day and agree with zeno. even though "round and round" is more immediate, the other songs virtues are starting to really shine through. its def a grower and conducive to close listening. from what i can tell this album is going to please many different types of people. also the varied comment upthread is otm, but its still cohesive soundwise.

oscar, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

also lol at "beverly kills" sounding like a boogie/freestyle track and a stereolab b-side

oscar, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's like a trivia game: guess the origin of the song.
for example:

Little Wig = mercury rev's Syringe Mouth

Zeno, Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

I listened to this while working, so I wasn't entirely focused on it, but what hit me a few times while listening to this was a sort of deja vu feeling of listening to side 2 of the Cure's

Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea
cassette tape for the first time, which is a cool thing. the last song in particular conjured up an old Cure feeling.

richie aprile (rockapads), Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol @ formatting, those were supposed to be italics

richie aprile (rockapads), Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha - haven't heard the new one, but I always felt that there was a distinctive Cure thing all over his music. SoaB b-side is a good reference point, with that similar murky, underwater bass sound that permeates some of these songs

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 9 April 2010 08:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

can someone point me to some places where this is an "internet-wide cultural event"? what internet are you on?

this is a serious question

Kyrgyham (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Friday, 9 April 2010 13:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

new single posted on tons of blogs, reported on pitchfork, etc. It's not different from the media buzz around your average indie p4k band but I don't recall any of that for past Ariel Pink releases.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 9 April 2010 13:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

INSUFFICIENT FUN (bernard snowy), Friday, 9 April 2010 13:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

my theory is that since dude released like a zillion albums from '04-'07 before going quiet for a couple years, he's getting a lot of "oh hey, ariel pink, I remember sorta-liking what I heard of that guy -- wonder what he's up to now?" general-interest clicks

INSUFFICIENT FUN (bernard snowy), Friday, 9 April 2010 13:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Loving this. I think I like it even more since I'm already familiar with about half the songs.

Trip Maker, Friday, 9 April 2010 13:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

(said clicks, of course, tending to alight upon his super-catchy, accessible, and just generally great new single, then proceed to show their approval through a series of retweets and complex interpersonal dance steps, and next thing you know dude's getting a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning blogs)

xp

INSUFFICIENT FUN (bernard snowy), Friday, 9 April 2010 13:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

xoxoxo

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 9 April 2010 14:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

my theory is that since dude released like a zillion albums from '04-'07 before going quiet for a couple years, he's getting a lot of "oh hey, ariel pink, I remember sorta-liking what I heard of that guy -- wonder what he's up to now?" general-interest clicks

― INSUFFICIENT FUN (bernard snowy), Friday, April 9, 2010 9:46 AM (42 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

he hasn't released anything on a label with any kind of presence since 2006, right? quite possibly the internet has changed a lot since then.

mizzell, Friday, 9 April 2010 14:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Thus the 'forefather' status.

Adam Bruneau, Friday, 9 April 2010 14:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

He's been putting out some great singles on his own, which all turn up on Day Before. And there was the reissue of Loverboy on 2lp.
And there was a digital collection called Grandes Exitos that had an early version of Revolution's a Lie called Evolution's a Lie.

Trip Maker, Friday, 9 April 2010 14:37 (4 years ago) Permalink


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