Following a lot of (manufactured?) controversy, a handful of revelatory live shows, and a run of singles that have included “Put Your Number In My Phone,” “Black Ballerina,” and “Picture Me Gone,” Ariel Pink’s pom pom is finally here. The album manages to simultaneously be Pink’s most off-putting and most accessible work to date, completely twisted while still showing off his undeniably strong sensibility for pop weirdness. It’s also maybe the most polarizing release by any musician this year, heralded as an Album Of The Year contender by some and dismissed as unlistenable by others. See how pom pom strikes you by streaming the album below, then sound off in the comments.
pom pom is out now on 4AD.