Having mooned about with R. Stevie Moore on the mammoth Ku Klux Glam earlier this year, Ariel Pink is getting back to the day job.
2010’s Before Today, recorded as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, saw the lo-fi mudlark sprucing up his brutalized AM-radio sound. Seen by many as a high watermark in his career, it’s about to be followed by a new LP, titled Mature Themes.
As with its predecessor, the album will arrive courtesy of indie hothouse 4AD. Mature Themes will be preceded by a single, a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s ‘Baby’. Brilliantly, the single features guest vocals from boogiemeister extraordinaire Dâm-Funk – you can listen to it here. It’s not the first time the song’s been covered this year: Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland also had a crack at the track on their marvellous Black Is Beautiful LP.
According to Pink, Mature Themes offers a “comparable” sound to Before Today: “There are definitely not any links to my lo-fi origins. It’s so diverse but so different from anything I’ve done before. In a sense, it’s really the record I wanted to make back when I made Before Today, but couldn’t due to pressures and different factors. We had time to let our hair down and try new things.”
Mature Themes is due on August 20.