RIYL: R. Stevie Moore, John Maus, Los Angeles

Label: Mexican Summer

Los Angeles’ most cherished oddity, Ariel Marcus Rosenberg, has been trekking through the indie landscape for over two decades now, both as a solo artist and with his main group Haunted Graffiti.  He’s been called everything from the godfather of chillwave to the modern Daniel Johnston to a saggy Kurt Cobain, but his mastery of the art of the bedroom recording is undeniable.  Winning over audiences with off-kilter song structures that are both challenging and easy to sing along to, Pink is the perfect pop star for the daring listeners.

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson marks his eleventh studio full-length, a dedication to a real-life reclusive musician of the same name who was presumed dead but resurfaced in 2007 with a series of odd, but refreshingly transparent Youtube videos.  Expect the unexpected per usual with all 14 tracks here, prepare for twists and turns, zigs and zags and blips and blurps.  Ariel Pink has never been known to pander.

There is also a deluxe package for the die-hard Ariel nuts including an additional picture disc, a customized PVC slipcase and a poster, but it’s gonna run you $50.  I think I’ll probably just stick with the blue vinyl, but that pic disc does sound intriguing.  Check out the music video for Pink’s newest single Another Weekend below.

 

 

The Details

Limited first edition of 4,000 LPs on blue vinyl
Los Angeles’s prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink shares his eleventh studio album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, September 15.

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Price $18

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