Beach Boys-dreams, goofiness, psychedelia, Frank Zappa and cassette culture. All comes together when Ariel Pink (US) pursues his daring balance act between madness and brilliance, between humor and sincerity. What presents itself is something rare these days: a unique showmanship seemingly stripped from marketing strategies. Everything goes in his black/pink universe where nihilism, pop culture, narcissism and self-doubt are covered in sugar. Scattered in this eclectic mess are some of the most peculiarly moving songs in contemporary music. The lo-fi reinventor and chillwave popularizer was first discovered in 2003 by his colleagues in Animal Collective and has since then polarized critics as well as listeners with his ingenious music and controversial persona; genius or clown?
With his latest album “Dedicated to Bobby Jameson” we can hear Ariel Pink returning to the more straightforward sound of his earlier productions. Bobby Jameson is an obscure, forgotten LA-musician, whose tragic story provides Pinks wistful songs with a fruitful context. What to expect when Ariel Pink takes his music to the stage is hard to predict. And that is a rare feeling in music these days.