- Before Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
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2010 Rank: #60 / 818
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Ariel Pink's best songs are surprising, and there's a real sense of musical delight on Before Today; the sections sound logical but never predictable, and there are wild bridges and short bits that emerge seemingly randomly but wind up taking the song somewhere unexpected.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Sometimes I like to imagine what Ariel Pink is like on a day off — polishing off a Veggie Delight and sipping a Diet Coke at Subway, maybe watching It's Complicated on the sofa with his mom. These scenes are utterly hilarious to me, because few artists have worn their outsider status as proudly and boldly as Pink. The erratic live showings (see this performance for Viva Radio), the blusterous remarks about Jewish identity to Heeb magazine, the generally disheveled and outlandish personal style — they've all served to mark Pink as too weird, too wonky, too off-center to be lumped in with the fashion-focused, cool-conscious crowd his new album, Before Today, is being marketed to (seriously, do we have to call it chillwave?).


There’s probably nothing I can say about Ariel Pink that hasn’t been said better by Mike Powell, my nomination for Pink biographer should the occasion arise. An early champion of works like The Doldrums and House Arrest by Pink and his imaginary band the Haunted Graffiti, Powell nevertheless grew weary of the seemingly endless array of home-recorded reissues that surfaced after his first appearance on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks imprint. It has been said that Pink has not released any new material since 2004, meaning that his entire sojourn into the spotlight and under the microscope occurred during a time when he wasn’t even writing music (This isn’t entirely true; there was a brief stint in the scatological side projects Holy Shit and Shits and Giggles). As the archives grew dry, it seemed like Pink was destined to fade, as he himself had decidedly preordained. His lost basement pop/ obscured-photo/ tattered record sleeve persona seemed as much a deterministic rule as an autonomous construct.

Drowned in Sound

There’s a passage in Bill Drummond’s The 17 where he recalls traveling to Los Angeles in the mid 1980s, ostensibly to oversee the work of a hair metal band in his capacity as an A&R man for WEA. While trying to find the group in a labyrinthian studio complex, Drummond stumbled across a bloated Stevie Nicks, who was dancing eyes-closed to one of her own songs, lost to herself and the world. Ther

e are many styles covered on this, the first album by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti since signing to 4AD, but that glassy Fleetwood Mac production, which flourished on Rumours, gloriously saturated their sound on Tusk, and continued to be an obsession for Lindsey Buckingham on later hits such as ‘Big Love’, is glazed all over Before Today.


A Californian leftfield lo-fi mainstay, Ariel Pink has been recording resolutely non-commercial music since the early 2000s, initially on Animal Collective's Paw Prints label. Now signed to 4AD for album number nine, a more polished incarnation is unveiled.

Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Round and Round, Fright Night (Nevermore), L'estat (Acc. To The Widow's Maid), Beverly Kills, Menopause Man, Bright Lit Blue Skies, Revolution's A Lie
Ariel Pink breaks through with his most accessible album yet while still keeping the charm of his experimental lo-fi stuff. A really eccentric and fun album and probably the best way to get into Ariel Pink.

Favourite tracks: L'estat (Acc. to the Widow's Maid), Fright Night (Nevermore), Round and Round, Beverly Kills, Little Wig, Can't Hear My Eyes, Menopause Man
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June 8, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Psychedelic Pop / Genres
# 16 - Amazon
# 9 - DIY
# 41 - Drowned in Sound
# 2 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 16 - MOJO
# 23 - NME
# 9 - No Ripcord
# 9 - Pitchfork
# 15 - PopMatters
# 12 - Prefix
# 33 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 28 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 20 - Stereogum
# 2 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 6 - Uncut
# 36 - Under the Radar
Track List

  1. Hot Body Rub
  2. Bright Lit Blue Skies
  3. L'estat (Acc. to the Widow's Maid)
  4. Fright Night (Nevermore)
  5. Round and Round
  6. Beverly Kills
  7. Butt-House Blondies
  8. Little Wig
  9. Can't Hear My Eyes
  10. Reminiscences
  11. Menopause Man
  12. Revolution's a Lie

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