With his current album, the debut of Matthew Collings, with which the musician had consistently renounced the 'pure' ambience of his former project Sketches For Albinos, is re-released once again.
Whether as a soloist or with his project Haunted Graffiti, Ariel Pink is highly productive. On his latest album, the man from L.A. accommodates 17 songs in 67 minutes; but the Californian hides all kinds of melodies and mini hooks in the abundance, which the Californian plays without working them out. The listening is reminiscent of a self-running retro jukebox: in the pale Neowave song "Not Enough Violence", for example, Pink's love for Bauhaus and The Cure is heard, "Nude Beach A Go-Go" is reddish surfpop with infectious bubblegum chorus and "Black Ballerina" microfunk with Casio-Trash appeal, which could also be attributed to the pop goblins Ween. Even funny nonsense ("Jell-O") is still remembered as an evil little catchy tune, like an advertising jingle you can't get rid of. Songs like "Put Your Number In My Phone", on the other hand, exude gentle West Coast melancholy, as if Beck, together with the Mamas & Papas, let the soul dangle. The fact that the variety of styles merges effortlessly is due to the soft-drawing Lo-Fi sound, which reminds a little of the sound of a car cassette.
Toptrack: Put Your Number In My Phone