Label: Ballbearings Pinatas - Six • Format: 2x, CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop • Style: Lo-Fi
It's tough to know how Dick Clark would rate a tune like "Gettin' High In The Morning," but even at his most bent, songmaker Ariel Pink has a way of evoking old episodes of American Bandstand broadcast from a different room.
There's no overstating the strangeness lurking in Pink's work—most of what he's done is at least as weird as Ween—but it's just as hard to overstate the wondrous effect of such robust talent delivered by such skewed means. Now onto his third real-distribution album after finding fans in the crypto-hymnal rock band Animal Collective, Los Angeles curio Pink is a home-recording fiend who mutters through ideas that sound like he barely sketched them in advance.
They aren't even ideas so much as mainline communications from the universal language of pop. But his gestures toward inclusiveness—not to mention his amateur-savant command of craft—are all his own. House Arrest starts off with a simple song, "Hardcore Pops Are Fun," that bops over '60s guitar clips and a show-stealing bassline.
It sounds like a thousand other lo-fi approximations of grandeur, but the grandeur grows out of scale as hooky details accumulate. On the next song, Pink sounds humbled and wowed as he sweetly states, "Every time I pick up the pen, I get interesting results.
Some of his songs are too warped to weather for long, and House Arrest strives for relative consistency at the expense of the more outlandish sonic thrills of Pink's The Doldrums or Worn Copy. King Crimson - Red into Gettin High In The Morning - Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti - House Arrest / Lover Boy world, though, and before long, he sounds like a mystic channeler of pop music from too many eras and locales to count.
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