Californian weird-pop enigma Ariel Pink is set to follow-up 2010’s excellent breakthrough LP Before Today next week with Mature Themes, his ninth official release and second as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Pink continues to progress towards more polished recordings and focussed songwriting here, capitalising on his new-found budget to explore an array of sonic textures and genre experiments, trying his hand at pop, AM radio, polka, chillwave and bizarre carnival music along the way. He may have another crossover single à la ‘Round and Round’ on his hands with the twangy ‘Only in My Dreams’, as well as on the album-closing cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s ‘Baby’, but fans of Pink’s leftfield material will still find much to love on strange songs like ‘Schnitzel Boogie’, and his music remains as unpredictable and impossible to classify as ever. His voice and songwriting are arguably better than they’ve ever been on his first collection of new songs in five years (Before Today was composed mostly of old material re-recorded with Haunted Graffiti), and Mature Themes may be Pink’s best album yet. I’m looking forward to exploring it much more, and you can stream the album below.
Mature Themes is out August 21. Stream it below (via The Guardian).
North American visitors may not be able to use the widget above, in which case you can stream the album below (via NPR).