Ariel Pink

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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

xxp yeah I guess most people got into this guy during these last 4 years and this is simply his first release since most people took notice of him.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 9 April 2010 14:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

I know it's probably a bad idea invoking Animal Collective on here but i think the situation with this album is not dissimilar to what happened with Merriweather Post Pavillion, it's being touted as his "pop" album, more accessible production etc. It's not hard to see why people are more interested in this than his previous stuff (which i love).

Number None, Friday, 9 April 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's the HRO factor?

Damn this album is awesome! Gonna be some good jams for summer 2010 dance parties!

Adam Bruneau, Friday, 9 April 2010 15:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fright Train is addictive.

Zeno, Friday, 9 April 2010 16:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fright Night i mean

Zeno, Friday, 9 April 2010 16:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

finally figured out what he's saying in Round & Round after about the 100th listen: AND WE'LL DAZZLE THEM ALL

not "and we'll dance at the mall"

(although I'm still hazy on the line before that ... "calling back to the boat?" "coming back to the Bowl," like the Hollywood Bowl?)

dmr, Friday, 9 April 2010 16:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, sounds like boat to me.
i was reading a book to the melody of the chorus yesterday.

mizzell, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

The big difference with Animal Collective is that all of AC's albums were critically acclaimed during the buildup toward a more slickly produced "pop" hit. By contrast, Pitchfork gave Grandes Exitos a 7.0, House Arrest a 6.2, Scared Famous a 6.1, and Worn Copy a 5.9, and many other outlets didn't even bother to review Ariel's albums. The new record is not better than House Arrest yet it's going to get slobbered over by everybody. I haven't read any good reasons why it's as good as HA, let alone significantly more accomplished, or repudiations of previous negative writeups, but it's early. We'll see what the reviews say.

skip, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

HA is rad.

bamcquern, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Gotta agree. I hate to sound like an elitist old guard fan or anything, but I'm not hearing what makes this better than his other albums. The Doldrums, Worn Copy and House Arrest all sound much more interesting to me. I like the singles and a couple tracks like "Fright Night" and "Beverly Kills," but I'm painfully disappointed overall. It just doesn't seem like that big of a step toward anything to me.

teflon monkey, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

i would agree that outside of round and round, most of these songs are not above and beyond what he has done in the past.

mizzell, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

And I would argue that they're still on par with what he's done in the past, which means they're fantastic.

Fetchboy, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i agree

mizzell, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

the songwriting is more or less the same,yes - but thats good.whay change something that worked so well in the past?
the differene lies in the production and the label.

Zeno, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

The main issue here is production, its crisp, engaging and evocative, and more obviously, it functions; and quite well might I add. Many of the "elitist old guard" thought his work would be diminished by better production but this album proves the cynics wrong. As far as it being better or worse than HA is debatable but not really the point. It's a logical continuation of his earlier work and if one takes Ariel's word at face value in his interviews (he has repeatedly said his lo-fi approach was not one bourne of aesthetics but one of exigency) he would have made this record a long time ago.

oscar, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

I agree that "Round and Round" is kind of transcendent, which was not my original opinion, and perhaps the rest of the album will reveal its genius to me over time in a similar fashion. But that's not the kind of thing you can figure out on a snap judgment and it makes the frenzied ululating all the more ridiculous.

skip, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Round and Round is wicked - love that chorus. Very curious to investigate this guy. I doubt I'm the only one in this camp.

Davek (davek_00), Friday, 9 April 2010 17:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Listen to The Doldrums. I believe it's one of the very best albums of the 2000s.

teflon monkey, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

this is such an LA album. he should cover this...fast.

Spinspin Sugah, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

And don't let the lo fi business keep you from enjoying the music. I think if you listen to any of his albums more than once, it'll be a distant thought.

teflon monkey, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

that's the other thing: all his albums sound like LA albums to me. he is a very LA artist.

mizzell, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

the lofi-ness is what got me to pay attention in the first place.

Spinspin Sugah, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

specifically, "Credit".

Spinspin Sugah, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

"he is a very LA artist"

why?

Zeno, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost teflon - yes shamelessly downloading now. I also listened to some of House Arrest on Spotify and it didn't disappoint. My favourite artist of the 00s (Max Tundra) had Worn Copy as his favourite of the 00s. Oh my here we go.

Davek (davek_00), Friday, 9 April 2010 17:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's mainly the mix of bright sounds with foggy (or smoggy) production. he gives off a very hollywood blvd scuzzy vibe, just reminds me of driving past run-down buildings in a cheap convertible.

mizzell, Friday, 9 April 2010 17:35 (4 years ago) Permalink


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