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ARIEL PINK

ariel_pinkPom Pom 

4ADRemote Control

 

Dropping the Haunted Graffiti moniker that accompanied his previous albums, Los Angeles-based experimental/lo-fi/avant-garde artist Ariel Pink has delivered his first ‘solo’ record, Pom Pom.

Taking inspiration and sounds from ’80s synthpop, ’60s surf rock and lo-fi guitar rock of the ’90s and then mixing them up in a blender, Pink’s latest is a forceful journey. At a lengthy 69-minute runtime – half of which is spent on absurdist tunes that border on the parody yet aren’t that funny, and none of which holds particular interest after their initial attention-grabbing bizarreness – it isn’t for everyone.

That’s not to say there aren’t any good songs on the album, just that they’re too few and far between. Put Your Number In My Phone and Dayzed Inn Daydreams stand out as the two that showcase what could have been. Pink’s potential in songwriting and vocal ability shine in these; it’s just a shame that there aren’t more.

If you’re already a fan of Ariel Pink then you already know what you’re in for. But for everyone else, there’s better out there.

 

2 stars

ROGER MA

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