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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

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Mature Themes by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
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  • LP + CD on 4AD (CAD3230)
  • Artist: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
  • Label: 4AD
  • Genres: Indie Pop
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(1 review) 8/10


8/10 according to on Thu 16 Aug, 2012

Don’t be fooled by the title of this record for there are no stories of collecting your pension, free bus passes or tea dances. I was kind of expecting this album, (the band’s second for 4AD) to be more down a slicker polished route than their earlier lo-fi stuff, which at times it does but it manages to retain a healthy balance of their cooky eccentric style along with some really focused songwriting. Actually the title is kind of self referential with much of the album exploring love, like I guess most best pop music does.

Listening for the first time it’s easy to tell that this one is really gonna get it’s hooks in over repeated listens, as did their previous record. This is one of those albums where everything just seems in the right place, the band sound sweet as ever with the bassline’s particularly impressing me, while he shifts vocal styles from the sultry to occasionally sounding like some UK post punker or something. All said and done It’s top notch pop music. If you don’t own a record player and missed out on the vinyl only ‘Baby’ single then it’s included here along with ‘Only In My Dreams’.

Press release

  • West Coast natives Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti present ‘Mature Themes’, the follow-up to 2010’s hugely successful album, ‘Before Today’. 

  • ‘Before Today’ was the band’s 4AD debut, offering the first sign that the intriguingly scatalogical music Ariel had been making for over a decade was finally ossifying into a coherent form. Indeed, the lead song from ‘Before Today’ - the inimitable ‘Round And Round’ - was awarded Pitchfork’s Track Of The Year for 2010, and further plaudits were heaped upon the album as it cropped up in near-all end-of-year polls. For many it seemed that Ariel had finally reached the wider audience his early recordings had hinted was possible. And with ‘Mature Themes’, Haunted Graffiti have forged a record that raises the bar once again. 

  • Installing themselves in a studio space in downtown-LA, Haunted Graffiti began a lengthy process of writing and recording. ‘Mature Themes’ is a self-produced affair, with former member Cole MGN drafted in to provide some drum programming and additional mixing duties. 

  • Far removed from Ariel’s early bedroom recordings, ‘Mature Themes’ is a product of a more collaborative process, with the often- overlooked virtuoso musicianship of the band bought to the fore. “There are definitely not any links to my lo-fi origins”, Ariel recently told Spin magazine. “It’s so diverse but so different from anything I’ve done before. In a sense, it’s really the record I wanted to make back when I made ‘Before Today’, but couldn’t. We had time to let our hair down and try new things.” 

  • While the creative process was new, familiar Ariel Pink signatures remain. In fact, ‘Mature Themes’ feels like the definitive Haunted Graffiti record, a patchwork of modern America, its esoteric reference points and moments of lyrical lucidity a twilight excursion through backwater LA and late-night TV channel hopping. 

  • LP format comes with free CD of the album. 


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