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Quite a bit to get through here. Discovered alongside the tapes that would make up Ariel Pink’ ‘Trash And Burn’ collection, ‘Ariel Pink: Early Live Recordings’ documents two early incarnations of the much beloved AP sound entitled ‘Gorilla’ and ‘Appleasians’. Now, Ariel Pink nerds will have a field day piecing together the mindset of the man from these early stirrings of creative acting out but I don’t have time (and don’t care enough) to pour over it in detail so here’s the short form:
‘Gorilla’ features eighteen skeletal tracks predominantly sparse in instrumentation and shuffling from dirgy noise to broken rock sludge permeated by strange tuneless outbursts and occasional fits of melodicism all befitting of an potentially great artist finding his feet. These tunes are shrouded in lo-fi dirge and righteous musical amateurism which AP uses as a well crafted disguise to mask his future ambitions. Some good titles here, ‘By The Power Of Grayskull’ and ‘Dancing In The Darkness’ being two of them.
‘Appleasians’ is another eighteen track collection and has more in common with the artist I’m generally familiar with. For a start it’s much more tuneful with the likes of ‘Inside Looking Out’, ‘Tractor Man’ and ‘Something In Your Eye’ being instantly successful in entertaining me. Here the amateurism in both composition and recording technique are genuinely endearing ‘cause the tunes are basically bumpin’. Reminds me of something you might hear on K back in the day. This second CD also features a cover of The Shaggs ‘He’s Still My Cutie’ simply titled ‘My Cutie’ which totally hammers the message home. Good version too!
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