As the community has come to realize, Ariel Pink has long been ahead of its time. Their music didn’t exactly gain due recognition until the recent wave of lo-fi buzz bands began name-dropping Pink as a major influence.
Even before signing to Animal Collective‘s Paw Tracks, and well before the recent signing to 4AD, Pink was setting the standard for lo-fi indie jams, and recording them at a prolific rate.
Now that Pink’s style has officially ‘paved the way’ for a talented group of peers, their sound seems to be taking a backwards step forwards–as in they’re looking backwards while moving forwards.
“Round and Round” is the lead single from the forthcoming Ariel Pink LP on 4AD, and it’s one hell of a jem. As the song plays, I imagine myself recording a groovy home video–straight to the VHS tape on an old JVC camcorder–of a chill little house party; a gathering of friends from the past future and presence. We’re all sipping martinis out of wolf mugs and discussing our favorite 70’s tracks. “Round and Round” is playing on the stereo, and as it fades out we’re suddenly blasted with the chorus to TLC’s “Waterfalls”. The cassette tape is a bootleg, apparently copied over an old grade school mixtape, and we all have a great laugh before rising and dancing to the song’s last 90 seconds.
It’s the following afternoon now, and I’ve got my VCRs all wired together; I’m dubbing copies of the home video. I’ll mail it out next autumn with the annual Christmas card, photos, and mixtape.
Here’s to making memories, one mp3 at a time.