Album Review: Ariel Pink- Pom Pom (7/10)

Album Review: Ariel Pink- Pom Pom (7/10)

Apparently considered ‘indie’s most hated man’ (which I would personally disagree with to an extent), Ariel Pink has been given many different labels throughout his music career. Some of these labels include, asshole, jerk, or just weird. In some way he is a tad bit weird, however this ‘weirdness’ is communicated positively in a lot of his songs in his 2014 album “Pom Pom”.

Despite there being songs that are rather irritant such as ‘Plastic Raincoats in The Pig Parade’ where it has no appeal whatsoever, there are songs that have this 80s pop sound such as ‘Lipstick’ which Ariel manages to play off real well, always capturing the listener with a catchy rhythm. It is evident in ‘Put Your Number in My Phone’ that the guy has a soft place in his heart, the whole music video even shows this caring side of him, and the song is sweet and super chilled. Ariel does ‘simple’ really well in this song, kudos to him for that. So he’s not that bad right? Some of his songs do have a story behind them, and that’s what makes him an alright musician. It is evident that ‘Pom Pom’ is not that much of a serious album when we come across ‘Black Ballerina’ which has its own sense of humour to appreciate, but with a ‘danceable’ chorus, “Elevators, manufacturers, Elevators, manufacturers“!

Ariel definitely changes the vibes from song to song giving us a total ‘late 60s Beach boys’ vibe in ‘Nude Beach A Go-Go’, which isn’t half bad. Then afterwards he gives us an ’emotionally moving’ and ‘inspiring’ vibe in ‘Dayzed Inn Daydreams’, especially in the music video which you shouldn’t miss!

The guy has his ups and downs, but you can’t deny despite him having a few vague and obnoxious songs, if you dig deep enough you’ll find good songs too, at least for a quick listen to sing along to in the shower. Ariel Pink has potential, his voice is pretty good and he’s got some good knowledge. It is all about where he puts all that potential that matters. There’s hopes to see some better stuff coming from him sometime soon… perhaps a new single?

(Pitchfork have said he might be doing a collab with Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus, that’ll be interesting to hear, considering that Miley is pop and the Flaming Lips are legends.)

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Are vinyls making a comeback?

Recently this April for the first time ever the Official Vinyl Charts were launched in the UK. This was largely due to the increased interest on vinyl records in the past three years or so. According to the Official Vinyl Charts website, last year there were 1.3m vinyls sold, apparently this was the highest number in 20 years. Of course vinyls are going to be trendy now, everyone is nostalgic now a days, and a lot of the younger generations want to experience something that makes them stand out or makes them appear unique. Other people, such as myself, enjoy the ritualistic feel it has to it rather than the simpleness of tapping onto a new song and pausing it with just a carless tap. Vinyls do make a difference if you’re a fan of music. It’s strange to think that a lot of people are actually buying vinyl players and listening to records. The media has been portraying all of this as some kind of revolutionary movement that today’s pop culture has turned to, when in all honesty vinyl records aren’t as drastically making a comeback as the media says so. It’s just people have grown curious and interested about them, but with the fabulous technology we have now a days where music can be streamed in less than one minute, do you think everyone would start buying records all of a sudden?

According to The Guardian this whole ‘come back of vinyls’ portrayal is only a marketing technique seen as vinyls are only 2% of the recording music industry’s market. You could easily gather up from that, that vinyls may be popularly making a comeback, but that’s only the media’s side of the story. In other words, we speak of vinyls being cool and everything, but it is typical of us to forget about literally buying them.

We may be interested to ‘go back in time’ and try these beautiful formats of music, because let’s admit it, sometimes having such easy access to music can make it feel meaningless. The recent hype has been all about this kind of stuff, and we can’t help but give ourselves in, although it seems way easier to youtube “vinyl version” and listen to whatever song you want to listen to on vinyl right from the comfort of youtube. It sounds pretty sad to think that some of us actually do that, but we’re only curious and want to be a part of something. Thing is we want to feel history just by the comfort of our fingertips, but we have all this great stuff that shows we don’t have to go through such great lengths to achieve a good listen to a song, but when it’s something so ritualistic, we can’t deny we’d love to try it.

New Band Alert: Maid of Ace

New Band Alert: Maid of Ace

This all-girl punk rock band from England, Hastings have recently released their self-titled debut album, and it is worth a listen, or maybe two. With great riffs, vocals, and catchy drum beats, these girls are making a name for themselves and impressing us with their powerful, energetic songs. Their sound is somewhat a fusion of L7 and The Runaways and maybe a bit of Hole, so basically all the classics. They sure do know how to impress us with their well-structured songs, and they know how to have a good time when performing, and so I’ve heard. What else can be said? They’re talented girls, good music, they know all their stuff, they’re beautiful, and they know how to have a good time. We have the whole package over here.

One song in their debut album that is extremely catchy is “Dickhead”, the ‘girl power’ is positively evident in this one. “Bone Deth” is an absolute must-listen to. This one in particular is musically powerful, and it totally makes you wanna dance all crazy and sing on top of your lungs. The music video is a job well done as well, the girls are seen doing BMX tricks (even though they have doubles doing the tricks) and it is quite impressive. The rest of the album is filled with other amusing songs which are worth listening to and having a good time with. “Dirty Girl” is another golden tune with astounding vocals, the energy in this one is worth a celebration. All in all, they are pretty great and cool.

Watch out for these girls, we look forward to hearing more of their stuff in the future. For now the debut album is there to have a blast listening to. You can visit their website and check out their debut album and maybe buy some merch too, or whatever suits ya.