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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Before Today - 4AD
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By Kyle MacKinnel on June 9, 2010


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

All of the characteristics built around Ariel Pink from his cultish musical past can be referenced within the 45 minutes of Before Today, and not only via rearview. Having recently broken the scenery of his storied in-house lo-fi factory, rounding up the Haunted Graffiti and recording in a more traditional studio environment, one could rightly expect a turn of the tide. With Before Today, Pink achieves congruence in the album’s construction, but does so without sacrificing his peculiar flamingo flair. The album exists in a world of modern ambiguity, where Pink’s weirdness is accepted as a relevant math. Themes of alienation and doubt course through “Bright Lit Blue Skies” and “Revolution’s a Lie,” which tip their respective caps to the Ramones and Joy Division. Elsewhere, Pink delves into his usual gender dissolution as he grapples with transgender issues on—wouldn’t you know—“Menopause Man.” But this lo-fi pioneer has never flown higher, and his unproven logic may just be settling in on its rightful time, place and color. KYLE MacKINNEL

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