Of all the ways in which Ariel Pink's "Round and Round" has blown our collective toupees right off this year, it was/is the single's commitment to melody that continues to blow most persistently. One quick example: say you did away completely with Pink cycling through his Rolodex of goblin voices, ditto that for the shampooed sonics he also lays down throughout. No longer frightened, you'd still be left with a song whose every part is a sharp hook, be it teeny tiny, or, like that chorus, absolutely gargantuan. That's why UK producer Little Loud's mission to remix the track seems and thus sounds like it was waaaaay more play than work, this re-imagining much more Balearic than the bordello-ready original. In fact, it sounds a lot like Cyndi Lauper in stretches. That makes a weird kind of perfect sense and vice versa.
photographer Jason Nocito