“You screwed the pooch” is a part of the “Hang On To Life” hook – if that doesn’t win you over, I don’t know what will. In all seriousness though, lo-fi superstar Ariel Pink and Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht have come together to make some catchy and boding anachronistic pop singles of which Mexican Summer is distributing. The A-Side “Hang On To Life” is typical Ariel Pink magic with low-register electric organ and Pink’s blue-eyed crooning. Nearing the end of the song, a brief phone conversation happens with a distorted and absolutely mangled voice speaking to Pink, leaving it to your imagination about what was said on the other side of the line. The B-Side “No Real Friend,” Jorge Elbrecht’s song, is haunting with its harpsichord in a decrepit minor key to interchangeably supplant the mood negatively or positively. Listen to both of these songs below via the YouTube links and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht have teamed up for their first ever collaborative split 7″, written and recorded over one weekend at Gary’s Electric studio in Brooklyn. “Hang On to Life” is heavy on heartbreak and high on melodrama, with Elbrecht’s gentle tenor proving a perfect complement to Pink’s raspier croon. Loping, soft-rock verses give way to a mid-song consolation phone-call (“she did what? … I can’t believe these girls, man…”) sending the pair into a soaring canon. On the flipside, “No Real Friend” plays out in total soft-focus, taking cues from sugary J-Pop, lite rock balladry and televisual muzak (After School Special, and ’70s family sitcom resolutions come to mind). There’s certainly a winking awareness across this 7″, but also a very real sincerity which comes through in its meticulously authentic execution. It should come as no surprise that this pair are drawn to these lesser trodden pop territories, and manage to appropriate them in the most imaginative way possible.

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