Ariel Pink (born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg) was born in Los Angeles in 1978 and released his first album, The Doldrums, in 2004. Since merging with his friends band, Haunted Graffiti, they’ve really begun to take off. Their music makes me want to wear bell bottoms, grow my hair down to my big shiny belt buckle, and travel way back yonder to the epicness that was 1969 (when I was six years away from being born). Here’s Pitchfork’s review of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti‘s latest album “Before Today”:
And then there’s “Round and Round”, one of indiedom’s most unifying and memorable songs in 2010, which is barely recognizable from its early four-track incarnation as “Frontman/Hold On (I’m Calling)”. It’s another song of smartly integrated units of melody, any one of which might be built out into a great song of its own, but which together become something astonishing. Its circular bassline doubles with low-chanted voices that build up tension and mystery, a connecting section that opens the song up with a high-pitched plea, and an interlude section with a ringing phone and some jazzy keyboards, all of which build to the massive sing-along chorus. “Round and Round” was mastered at Abbey Road, and not a cent of that cost was wasted. It is endlessly replayable.
Read the full review at Pitchfork