“Before Today” by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Album Review

Push play and you’ll take off into pure awesomeness. What am I talking about? I’m talking about Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti debut 4AD album “Before Today.” When I say take off, I am referring to the plane buzzing intro of the first track “Hot Body Rub” which sets the mood for a spaced out ride that immediately grabs your attention. “Bright Lit Blue Skies” feels like a 60s surfer track and it makes me so happy (it’s the bee’s knees). As I listen, I picture myself dancing like a mad woman in a vintage swimsuit. After experiencing “Round and Round,” I’m now  in danger of falling in love with the album (oh, I write as I listen in case you never noticed. I want you coming along with me for the ride.) it’s groovy, funky and sexy.

As I listen to “Beverly Kills” I realize that this is going to be my in-a-happy-mood-music -summer-album. I will be listening to it over-and-over in my summer daze.  Now I have to mention the song “Butt-House Blondies” simply because the title is what it is.  The entire album has that lo-fi sound of yesteryear, and it feels historical—as though you were traveling through time.  Some of the music reminds me of songs from the opening credits of a 70s TV show like the track “Reminiscences.”  Also, I have to mention the lyrics from “Menopause Man”… strange, bizarre, and rare. This album is glam, funk, other and it’s worth taking some time out of your day to get into its luscious sonic grooves.

Random Thoughts About Music by Roxanne Hilburn

Artist: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Album: “Before Today”
Label: 4AD
Release Date: June 8, 2010

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Tour Dates

09-Jul    Los Angeles, CA    Echoplex#
10-Jul    San Francisco, CA    Bimbo’s #
12-Jul    Portland, OR    Doug Fir #
13-Jul    Seattle, WA    Neumo’s #
14-Jul    Vancouver, BC    Biltmore #
16-Jul    Salt Lake City, UT    Urban Lounge #
17-Jul    Denver, CO    Bluebird #
19-Jul    Minneapolis, MN    Entry #
20-Jul    Chicago, IL    Lincoln Hall #
21-Jul    Detroit, MI    Pike Room #
22-Jul    Toronto, ONT    Mod Club #
23-Jul    Montreal, PQ    La Sala Rosa #
24-Jul    New York, NY    The Fillmore / Irving Plaza #
25-Jul    Boston, MA    Middle East #
27-Jul    Philadelphia, PA    JB’s #
28-Jul    Washington, DC    Rock N Roll Hotel #
29-Jul    Chapel Hill, NC    Local 506 #
30-Jul    Atlanta, GA    Earl #
31-Jul    Birmingham, AL    Bottle Tree #
02-Aug    Denton, TX    Hailey’s #
03-Aug    Austin, TX    Mohawk #
05-Aug    Tucson, AZ    Plush #
06-Aug    San Diego, CA    Casbah #
07-Aug    Costa Mesa, CA    Detroit Bar #

* = w/ R. Stevie Moore
# = w/ Pearl Harbor & Magic Kids

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