Leiko Ikemura, Sven ‘t Jolle, Mai-Thu Perret, Sophie von Hellermann & Sybren Vanoverberghe
Ariel Pink has always had a knack for giving classic pop music his own perverted twist, but since his proper debut album, 2010’s Before Today, his releases have become significantly more cohesive and polished sounding without sacrificing much of his trademark weirdness. His new double album is the first to be credited to Pink alone rather tahn Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, though he claims that it is by far the least ‘solo’ record he has ever recorded. Apparently he plays well with others. From its festive eponymous object to its unconventional side labelling (P-I-N-K instead of A-B-C-D) to its 69 minute runtime to its goofy, often joyously unrestrained atmosphere, it’s clear that Pink had fun creating pom pom, and we as listeners can consider ourselves lucky to be invited to the party.