First, I’d like to say that I love Ariel Pink‘s music… even when it’s horrible which some of it undoubtedly is (and has to be with a songwriter as prolific as he). I mean, sure, as a human being he may be a notorious dickhead, but whether he’s an overgrown petulant child or just some celebrated neek with a personality disorder, his skewed take on pop music makes me feel weird and fizzy and (at its best) slightly inebriated.
His latest bomb, lobbed from 4AD, exploded on the internet just a few weeks ago — perfectly timed for my end of year list. It harkens back to the stunningly weird, but atrociously recorded 4-track experiments Pink used to concoct in his bedroom before he decided to get a band together (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti) and record his eponymous “breakthrough” in a real studio. The players he assembled were really good, and the increase in fidelity from going to a professional studio was of an order of magnitude, and so the results were positive, but a lot more conventional at least by Pink’s whigged-out standards. This record revives that classic “what-the-fuck” feeling I used to get from his recordings but with much better sound quality, which is basically all I ever wanted.
Here’s the first single “Put Your Number in My Phone”
Here are a couple of low-quality previews with which to whet yourself:
Ariel Pink – “White Freckles” (128kbps)
Ariel Pink – “Lipstick” (128kbps)
Ariel Pink – “Nude Beach A G-Go” (128 kbps)
And, you can purchase this thing over at the 4AD store.
Søren Løkke Juul is Indians. The Copenhagen based one man project dives into ambient melancholic electronica and ethereal psych/pop. Recently signed to 4AD his beautiful debut, Somewhere Else was released earlier this year.
Grab a couple singles below and watch a gorgeous live session from 4AD. Full album stream over at KEXP and grab it on vinyl here.
Indians – “I Am Haunted”
Indians – “Magic Kids”
4AD sessions directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Tracklist: 1) I Am Haunted 2) Magic Kids 3) New
Taken from the 4AD website…”Filmed over the course of one day on Osea Island – a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex – the starting point for the performance was embracing the challenge of playing, recording and filming outside, placing the music into a vast open space, under sky and near water.
With the intention to capture the sense of air and atmosphere in the music, each track was recorded in a different location, moving the band and cameras in order to introduce a new element that reflected the change in song. This was further complimented by the shift in light: the session begins with ‘I Am Haunted’ filmed just after high tide in the early afternoon, is then followed ‘Magic Kids’ just as the sun had set, and ends with ‘New’ filmed after dark in the small hours of the morning. While still flecked with the surreal ambience of Søren’s air-tight compositions, the full-band performance adds a foreboding sense of wonder that provides a fitting introduction into Indians’ very own natural world.”
I Am Haunted official music video
Magic Kids official music video
In just three short months the Montreal/Halifax based synth/pop duo Purity Ring will unveil their debut LP Shrines via 4AD. We’ve had our eye on them since their 7″ Ungirthed exploded into the blogosphere last year. Grab the first single Obedear below and check our previous posts for more depth.
Purity Ring – “Obedear”
Purity Ring – “Lofticries”
We sampled Grimes’ (AKA Claire Boucher’s) first single, Oblivion off the new record, Visions a few months back and it has had me anticipating this album more than any other in 2012. Check the previous post here. She has since signed to the esteemed 4AD label and has pushed the original release date back a month to Feb. 21st. Okay one month that’s fine I mean this label does carry some heavy weights and Claire has said that 4AD is… “a record label I have admired since I was 13 and first heard the cocteau twins and realized girls can make music, and goth is sick.” whatever makes you happy Claire, and she does seem a bit more cheerful according to her latest singles which are a bright contrast compared to her first two releases. (still a bit concerned with that original artwork done by Claire herself though, scope it here).
The release of the new album will coincide with her embarkment on a full US tour. Check 4ADs sight for details. Two new singles have emerged and they have me yearning for this album like nothing else. The first is Genesis, similar to Oblivion in it’s magical jaunt through progressive pop. The second single Skin, is a slower, softer affair exemplifying her seductive vocal layering. It’s a captivating, enchanted ride through all that makes Grimes irresistible.
Grimes – “Genesis”
Grimes – “Skin”
Grimes – “Oblivion”