Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Mature Themes (4AD)
To get a measured introduction to Ariel Pink and his motley crew, refer to our review of 2010’s excellent Before Today, here.
Once a lo-fi cult hero, Pink and the Graffiti are now a full-on experience, using and abusing every instrument, gadget or tool within their radius. First, you may be wondering about the title. Well, here’s a sampler of lyrics: “Blonde seizure bombshells and the blow jobs of death/ bring on the bogan shemales hopped up on meth.”, “backlit jaccuziwad will fondle yer ass/ suicide dumplings dropping testicle bombs”, and virtually every line from Is This The Best Spot? You get the idea.
But this sleazy discourse requires qualification: these outpourings of lustfulness all eminate from the first two songs, and after those exciteable streams of consciousness are out the way, Pink can firm up his thought processes. Mature Themes is the soundtrack to late-night channel hopping, of schnitzel-only barbies, of arguments about who buys the pornographic dvd, and of a day of driving along that country road your parents once took you as a child.
It is as strange as that conglomeration of activities would suggest, the kind of record made in 1982 that found its way into the bargain bins and op shops, before an internet scribe lauded its genius. Which, I would imagine is exactly how Pink would want it.
Anything mair? The Californians have gotten around a bit, one of the selection of photos in the booklet is taken outside Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand, in Wellington.