Whether or not his recent behavior has rubbed you the wrong way, there's a good chance Ariel Pink's sprawling and bizarre new double LP, pom pom, is at least a little bit on your radar. With its gauzy production, cartoonish vocals and arcade-game synths, "Black Ballerina"—the record's second single—evokes images of seedy old Hollywood: smoke-filled pool halls, black-lit discos, midnight drives down Sunset. Just like the first single, this one has some spoken-word interludes, including a dialogue between a stripper and a hands-y customer. The album is out November 18th on 4AD; you can read Pink's FADER cover story from the archives right here.
Stream Ariel Pink’s Seedy Single, “Black Ballerina”
More catchy, sleazy pop from the bedroom auteur.
Photographer Grant Singer
October 20, 2014