Today sees the international release of Ariel Pink's pom pom, now available to buy and stream on all platforms.
Following his previous album, 2012's Mature Themes, under the Haunted Graffiti alias, pom pom is Ariel Pink's first solo record by his own moniker. Trailed with singles 'Put Your Number In My Phone', 'Black Ballerina', and 'Picture Me Gone', pom pom is unfiltered Ariel, spanning 17 tracks and 69 minutes.
The record veers from collaborations with the legendary Kim Fowley (songs such as ‘Jell-O’ and ‘Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade’ were written with Fowley in his hospital room during his recent battle with cancer), to beatific, windswept pop (‘Put Your Number In My Phone’, ‘Dayzed Inn Daydreams’), scuzz-punk face-melters (‘Goth Bomb’, ‘Negativ Ed’), and carnival dub psychedelia (‘Dinosaur Carebears’).
Speaking about the record, Ariel says that “although this is the first “solo” record credited to my name, it is by far the least “solo” record I have ever recorded.”
"Satirical, divisive, and more interested in terraforming genres than neatly decontructing them." - Pitchfork (8.8 - Best New Music)
"It has the feel of a magnum opus." - NME - 8/10 (Album of the Week)
"There is unlikely to be a more distinctive album put out this year." - Uncut (8/10)
"Songs of splendour." - Q ****
"A unique pop talent." - Loud & Quiet 8/10
"Completely twisted while still showing off his undeniably strong sensibility for pop weirdness." - Stereogum
Available on CD, 2xLP, and digitally.
Buy pom pom from 4AD (US and ROTW) here.
Buy pom pom from Rough Trade (EU) here.
Buy pom pom on iTunes here.
Buy pom pom on Amazon here.
Stream on the platform of your choice here.
28th - Regent Theatre, Los Angeles CA, US [Tickets]
24th - Sugar Mountain Festival, Melbourne, Australia
25th - The Brightside, Brisbane, Australia
27th - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, Australia
29th - The Bakery, Northbridge, Perth, Australia
7th - Bimbo's, San Francisco CA, US [Tickets]
9th - Hawthorne, Portland OR, US [Tickets]
10th - Neumo's, Seattle WA, US [Tickets]
11th - Rickshaw, Vancouver, Canada [Tickets]
13th - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT, US [Tickets]
14th - Bluebird, Denver CO, US [Tickets]
16th - Fine Line, Minneapolis MN, US [Tickets]
17th - Thalia Hall, Chicago IL, US [Tickets]
18th - Crofoot Ballroom, Detroit MI, US [Tickets]
19th - Phoenix, Toronto, Canada [Tickets]
20th - National, Montreal, Canada [Tickets]
21st - Paradise, Boston MA, US [Tickets]
23rd - 9:30 Club, Washington DC, US [Tickets]
24th - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, US [Tickets]
25th - Terminal 5, New York NY, US [Tickets]
27th - La Route Du Rock Festival Hiver, Saint-Mallo, France [Tickets]
28th - Future Everything Festival, Manchester, UK [Tickets]
1st - Le Grand Mix, Lille, France [Tickets]
2nd - Trabendo, Paris, France [Tickets]
3rd - Electric Ballroom, London, UK [Tickets]
4th - Old Market, Brighton, UK [Tickets]
5th - Epicerie Moderne, Lyon, France [Tickets]
6th - Elita, Milan, Italy [Tickets]
7th - Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy [Tickets]
8th - Mascotte, Zurich, Switzerland [Tickets]
9th - Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany [Tickets]
10th - Bremen Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark [Tickets]
11th - Postbanhoff, Berlin, Germany [Tickets]
12th - Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
13th - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Tickets]
14th - Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium [Tickets]
15th - Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium [Tickets]