Ariel Pink’s Before Today is an enjoyable collage of vintage pop psychedelia best enjoyed with all its stitches in place. If you haven’t listened from start to stop, you might’ve at least caught lead track “Round and Round” and the following single “Menopause Man.” On the actual album, its the faithful cover of ’60s Boston crew the Rockin Ramrods’ “Bright Lit Blue Skies” that hits first. (It appears after the woozy, warping horn-soaked scene-setting opener “Hot Body Rub.”) Check out the song’s Steve Hanft-directed video. It’s appropriately well lit and finds the guys using a Trojan Horse to break into the Saint Rincon School For Girls.
Before Today is out today via 4AD.