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Before Today is the eighth studio album by American recording artist Ariel Pink, credited to "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti", and released on June 8, After a decade of home recorded releases on smaller labels, Ariel Pink jumps to 4AD and makes the best record of his career. Most people who follow Ariel Pink were introduced to him by 's The Doldrums, the first non-Animal Collective release on that band's Paw Tracks label.
January Ariel Pink. Categories : albums Ariel Pink albums Albums recorded in a home studio.
Where Gaga, Kanye and Nicki Minaj provided retina-scorching entertainment, the indie scene threw up awkward teenagers making music on laptops and hiding behind faded pictures of palm trees. Despite this, several alternative scenes — chillwave, lo-fi garage, nostalgia-pop — did share a godhead in Ariel Pink.
Don't get me wrong, Pink is hardly a "rock star" in the conventional sense — that should be pretty clear from the fact he likes to make drum noises with his armpits. But as Pink has inspired a new generation of new musicians — from the hippy vibes of Girls who have played in his band Holy Shit to the nostalgia-sampling pop of How to Dress Well — he seems mysterious and weird enough to merit the description.
Before Today was Pink's first release on a big indie label after years of recording hundreds of songs on to cassette tape his mini "break" came when Animal Collective signed him to their Paw Tracks label in Those fearing a "sell-out" could relax — Before Today was no big-budget production. Rather it remained defiantly strange and scruffy while littered with big, catchy bits.
Following the trap laid by opener Hot Body Rub — skronking horns over a motorik beat and some ghostly post-punk yelping — the likes of Bright Lit Skies and Round and Round burst with choruses as joyous as anything on the Hair soundtrack. From here it's a dizzying surf through fragments of pop history, be it fuzzed-up punk Butt-House Blondies or sonic references to underrated west coast group the Tyde L'estat Acc to the Widow's Maid and Joy Division Revolution's a Lie.
Amazingly, the end result remains coherent. As a time-capsule piece to remember what alternative music sounded like in , this fractured, frazzled oddity was the go-to album.