The children’s chorus at PS22 in Staten Island has developed a massive following for their covers of songs by indie artists, including St. Vincent and Tame Impala. One of the songs that initially brought attention to the PS22 chorus was their version of Ariel Pink’s “Round And Round.” Now, Pink has shown up to perform a new song with the kids, and to answer some questions. The kids sang Pink’s “Jell-o,” and then they performed “Picture Me Gone” together — the original versions of both songs appear on Pink’s upcoming double album, pom pom. The videos will be up in a few weeks, but according to the press release, kids in the chorus asked him about what inspires his lyrics, why he calls himself Ariel Pink, and “Why does white bread kill you?” (You’ll understand when you listen to the song.) You can see a couple pictures from the performance below, and watch the chorus’ performance of “Round And Round” at Disneyland. As someone who hasn’t been able to stop listening to pom pom for weeks now, I’m really looking forward to watching some kids sing a song as hilariously bizarre as “Jell-o.”
pom pom is out 11/18 via 4AD.