A decade ago, as the saga of September 11 was unfolding, Ariel Pink got to work on a gigantic multi-part lo-fi trash-pop song called “Witchhunt Suite For WWIII.” He first included it on the tour-only Yas Dudette CD-R in 2007. And yesterday, Pink released a single version of the 16-minute song as his tribute to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. But Ariel Pink is not exactly Bono, so his 9/11 tribute has its own twisted shape.
Along with Animal Charm, Pink himself directed the new “Witchhunt Suite” video, which is heavy on found footage and notable for the way it integrates actual wartime crisis video into the fuzzy pop ephemera that makes up so much of Pink’s universe. Watch it below.
“Witchhunt Suite For WWIII” is out now on 4AD.