Jorge Elbrose are Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink. Ariel’s real last name is Rosenberg, and pink is “rose” in French, so Elbrose seems like as good a name as any to call one of the best collaborative pairings of the year. Their previous song, “Hang On To Life,” was a stunner and one of our favorite songs in July. Now they have another track out for the Mexican Summer 5 Years compilation, which was released in honor of the label’s anniversary in tandem with a massive concert, where Pink played the best set I’ve seen by him. You might remember this is the same compilation that brought us another great collaboration from Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz. “Called To Ring” is a thicker, fuzzier track but no less romantic until it hits its false ending and then comes jumping back harder and rougher than before in a way that brings to mind Microcastle-era Deerhunter. It’s getting to be due for a new Ariel Pink album by next year, and it’s easy to hope he’ll bring Elbrecht in for it, they’re making some of the best music of their careers.
Mexican Summer: Five Years is available to pre-order now. It ships later this month.