Good news, everyone. Judging from the new single from Ariel Pink’s forthcoming album Mature Themes, he no longer “half-remembers” how his musical influences sound, to borrow the go-to descriptive phrase that got tossed around so much in reviews of his last effort, Before Today— that album everyone loved so much for reasons I never quite agreed with. Despite being called “Only in My Dreams,” that lo-fi fuzz ever popular in 2010 is scrubbed clean. Here Pink sounds alive and well, 100 percent remembering the fact that The Kinks’ guitars were bright and jangly, and that Brian Wilson never confused “dreamy” and “bored.” It’s summer, so let’s listen to music that sounds like it. Do it after the jump:
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s Mature Themes is due out August 21 via 4AD.
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