ARIEL PINK

Ded­i­cated to Bobby Jame­son ★★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JEN­NIFER GANNON

Mex­i­can Sum­mer

The days of serendip­i­tous en­coun­ters are dead as we are now fed through tubes of al­go­rithms. Ev­ery­thing you need is psy­chi­cally con­nected through a cou­ple of Google searches or a Spo­tify playlist. Ariel Pink’s out­put is the essence of the thrills we’ve lost along the way. Ded­i­cated to Bobby

Jame­son fea­tures Pink’s fa­mil­iar melange of 1960s garage, 1980s death metal and 1950s pop. The ti­tle track is an an­them for an in­vented hero that is Arthur Lee and Cap­tain Beef­heart do­ing the twist in Death Val­ley. An­other

Weekend is sun­shine psych weighed down with melan­choly. The as­ton­ish­ing Time to Live moves from blissed-out garage to woozy thrash metal and pop like a ra­dio fuzzing in and out of sta­tions. If mod­ern mu­sic is now end­lessly pre­dictable, it’s good to know that out there on the fringes is Ariel Pink – the per­fect cult hero wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered.

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