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Ariel Pink: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

Don’t be fooled by the dreamy vocals and lush arrangements of Ariel Pink’s latest single ‘Feels Like Heaven’, which was a collaborative project between global music platform and online radio station, NTS and Ariel Pink – all shot on location in London.  Feels Like Heaven is taken from Ariel’s latest album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, which was released on September 15th via Mexican Summer.

The video continues with the hazy, lo-fi visuals that were seen in the Grant Singer directed video for ‘Another Weekend’ and sees Ariel cosmically connecting with a woman via their mobile phones.  The album is his first solo offering since his highly acclaimed 2014 prog-pop opus pom pom, and first full-length release with the Brooklyn-based independent label.

The new release’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life Los Angeles musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him,” Pink states.

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track, Time to Meet Your God. “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.”

SEEN has been listening to the album, finding it pleasantly grim in parts with the irony button occasionally pressed amid the beauty. Our faves? We loved Death Patrol with its sawbones violins, and the next track Santa’s in the Closet hinting at the grand guignol possibilities of the festive season. We also loved Time to Live. So much of this album feels like a trawl through a rich musical history that simultaneously sustains and torments. Like I said, don’t let the dreamy vocals fool you…

Ariel Pink’s previous solo release, pom pom, received a Best New Music designation from Pitchfork; The New York Times described it as “a delightful, typically schizophrenic collection: wickedly dark and funny one moment, sweet and sentimental the next, and at other times as gleefully unhinged as Pink has ever been.” SPIN noted that it’s a record “full of unforgettably kaleidoscopic melodies.” Pink has prolifically written, recorded and released his incomparable brand of pop music for well over two decades. Dedicated to Bobby Jameson sees Ariel Pink returning to the setting of his first recordings: his bedroom.

Raised in Beverly Hills, Ariel Pink started out as a visual artist before becoming a recording artist in the late ’90s while attending Cal Arts. Though critically misunderstood at the time, Pink’s early, lo-fi recordings wielded an enormous influence with insiders and outsiders, including Animal Collective who signed him to their Paw Tracks imprint in 2003. In the late 2000s, Pink’s fortunes with critics began to reverse, and his resulting single, “Round and Round” (off Before Today), was named the #1 Record of 2010 by Pitchfork. Everything goes in cycles. Time for the eclectic Ariel Pink to be appreciated, nay, fêted, by a new generation of indie music lovers.

Get the album here. You won’t regret it: ariel-pink.com

 

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Heist Bank Beer Festival

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