Ariel Pink, Tim Koh, Kenneth Gilmore, Joe Kennedy, Ryeland Allison
Trying to get into Ariel Pink can be little daunting; he’s written tons of songs on 13 Albums and way more underground releases. He was discovered by Animal Collective, who randomly decided to play a burned CD given to them, on their tour bus. They soon after signed Pink as the first artist on their new label Paw Tracks. In 2008, he formed the band Haunted Graffiti, which has enabled him to tour and perform live music much more efficiently. In 2009, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti signed with the record label 4AD and began releasing more studio quality music, but not entirely departing from their distinct low-fi vibe.
Ariel Pink has written hundreds of songs, mostly as home recordings by himself. Some people might not like how his earliest songs sound like they were recorded in his bedroom, but his talent at writing music is evident in every song he releases. His music employs a distinct low-fi sound and plenty of catchy hooks. It’s very hard to pin point a single genre of music to describe Ariel Pink because it’s all over the place; psychedelic pop and avant-garde, synth-heavy tunes to very melodic ones. To me, the low-fi sound is very nostalgic, giving a sense of familiarity to any song you hear for the first time.<o:p></o:p>
Recognition: Their 2010 album Before Today was recognized by Pitchfork in their “Best New Music” category. Pitchfork also named their song “Round and Round” as the number 1 song in their Top 100 songs of 2010 list.
The first song I heard was “Only In My Dreams” and was instantly hooked. This is off of their newest album, Mature Themes
Other notable songs of his that should give you an idea of how much his style varies are:
“Symphony of the Nymph” (2012) - Live
“Round and Round” (2010)
“Politely Declined” (2007)
“For Kate I Wait” (2004)
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