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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti 

Not trying to be a jerky, judgy-McJudgerton here, but I absolutely hate the name of this band. It sounds like a joke. A not-funny one.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Before Today

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Not trying to be a jerky, judgy-McJudgerton here, but I absolutely hate the name of this band. It sounds like a joke. A not-funny one.


With that out of the way, it's important to recognize the several genuine flickers of greatness on Before Today, the umpteenth record by this Los Angeles freak-folk project. The ship is steered by Ariel Pink (first name real, last name not), who leads this 1970s derivate band in mimicking everyone from the Talking Heads to the Bee Gees - laying Weymouth-esque bass lines across the record and Barry Gibb-like vocals on "Round and Round" and "Beverly Kills." The band adds a little of its own flair (synths and more synths) here and there, creating a unique strangeness that I've only encountered before when listening to a Gary Wilson or James Pants record. Just when you think it's normal, you realize that everyone is HIGH.

Recommended Download: "Lit Blue Skies"

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