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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti | Pedestrian Pop Hits [CD]

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1 track, 17 minutes. An epic gelatinous sea of reverbed vocals, curious synth lines, mouthed drums and shimmering guitar. An amazing testament to Ariel Pink as a live group entity. Ace!  Limited to 1000 CDs only.

Ariel Pink is now a recording artist on Paw Tracks (Animal Collective's label), he is 26 years old, lives in LA and over the last 10 years has made around 15 albums of weird pop on his own cdr imprint. PPH is an epic gelatinous sea of reverbed vocals, curious synth lines, mouthed drums and shimmering guitar. An amazing testament to Ariel Pink as a live group entity. All the drums on this record were produced from Ariel's mouth! 

Is Ariel Pink a genius? When it comes to writing pop songs you have to agree. His feel for a hook, a lyric and a skewed melody that so willingly pulls at the heart strings of the familiar is uncanny. I think his songwriting goes beyond catchy, resonating already in our collective consciousness, and although his production style recalls the most immediate and embracing FM pop of the'70s and '80s, his songs never feel nostalgic, only sparky and full of magic. I think it was this ability to transport people into a memory with music which woke me up to Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, it is incredibly profound, but unmistakably affecting.

Ariel Pink came to the UK in June 2005, and I was fortunate enough to set up a show for him and his group in London. It was during this series of events that it dawned on me that it would make total sense to ask them to come and record a latitudes session with us. Ariel Pink's music seems to be largely about setting up a communication between times, places and people and that's certainly what latitudes is all about too. So it was on Saturday10th June (on tour in Europe via the hills of Los Angeles) that Ariel Pink dropped by our studio and laid down their first ever song as a full group. Ariel Rosenberg was accompanied by Tim Koh on guitar, John Maus on synth and Gary War on bass. The result of their session coalesced into a 17-minute neo-psychedelic trip of lost latter day radio pop entitled Pedestrian Pop Hits.

The very same music you hold in your hands. It's an epic gelatinous jam of mouthed-drums, transcendental keyboard and escapist guitar trails, forever punctuated by Ariel's restless vocal. We were all so happy with the lightning progress made in the studio, that we mixed the track the same night, before crashing at a friends nearby and zoning out strangely to 'Il Postino'. The same way these particulars are imprinted on me, listening back to the session and writing these notes, I hope this music takes you to somewhere you forgot yourself for a minute. You'll never know where you'll end up, and you'll probably forget it all again instantly, but it's always the surprise in moving from A to anywhere other than B that makes it worthwhile.   - Chris Tipton

Track listing:
01. Pedestrian Pop Hits
Total Running Time: 17 minutes

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  • File Under: Lofi Pop
  • For Fans of: Animal Collective, Panda Bear, John Maus, FM Lite Radio 

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