As weird as he can get, Ariel Pink clearly has a longstanding love with older classics, so it’s no surprise that his cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s “Baby” is haunting, smokey and pretty faithful to the original. That said, it’s an interesting move forward in Pink’s sound—moving from distant takes on fuzzy AM radio classics, to a more concrete, heartbreaking sound. Having fellow Los Angeles weirdo Dam-Funk help out with vocals doesn’t hurt either. Pink’s forthcoming Mature Themes will be out August 21st on 4AD.
Stream: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti f. Dam-Funk, “Baby”