Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

The influential Californian weird-pop enigma Ariel Pink has been working on a ton of projects lately, like the drawn-out “Witchhunt Suite For WWIII” and Ku Klux Glam, a collaborative album with R. Stevie Moore. But he’s just now announced the follow-up to the breakout 2010 album Before Today. The new album is called Mature Themes, and it’s coming at the end of the summer. The first song we’ve heard from it is a fairly faithful cover of “Baby,” a forgotten and recently-rediscovered 1979 soul-pop song from Donnie and Joe Emerson. The cover features Dâm-Funk, and it finds Pink’s voice sounding stronger and clearer than we’ve ever heard it. Listen below.

(via Pitchfork)

The 12″ “Baby” single is out 7/9 on 4AD, and Mature Themes is out 8/21.

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    • Yeah, no I won’t take a bet that I don’t get to win until he either comes out as transgendered or dies. Not for ten bucks that’s for sure. Tell you what though, I’ll put 10 thou down, and we’ll give him 10 years to come out. Deal?

  2. the production on this is beyond great

  3. cant wait to see what Ariel means when he says this record is the one he wanted to make but made Before Today instead. It must mean all/mostly new songs and if he wants to throw in a full band ‘Are You Gonna Look After My Boys?’…i’ll be ok with that too.

  4. This is great! I hope this is indeed an indication of where his voice is moving, as it’s about as expressive and strong as I’ve heard. This keeps with the 70s AM radio feel that’s been their signature, just moved into a more soulful direction. Still feels very authentic.


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