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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti New Album Out Today
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti : Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti New Album Out Today
21st August 2012

“The work of a unique mind.” - NME
"A fascinating listen." - The Times (4/5)
“Mature Themes is the best thing Pink has ever done" - Stereogum
“A perfectly-crafted album, rich in just about everything.” - The Fly (4.5/5)
"We should salute Ariel Pink. Let him into your life. Love him."
- Guardian Guide
"A brilliantly odd piece of work that pushes the weirdness of Ariel Pink to new heights." - The Observer

Today sees the release of Mature Themes, the new album from West Coast natives Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.

Before Today, released in 2012, was the band’s 4AD debut, offering the first sign that the intriguingly scatalogical music Ariel had been making for over a decade was finally ossifying into a coherent form. For many it seemed that Ariel had finally reached the wider audience his early recordings had hinted was possible. With Mature Themes, Haunted Graffiti have forged a record that raises the bar once again.

Mature Themes is a self-produced affair, with former member Cole MGN drafted in to provide some drum programming and additional mixing duties. Far removed from Ariel’s early bedroom recordings, the sardonically titled Mature Themes reflects a more collaborative process, with the often-overlooked virtuoso musicianship of the band bought to the fore. "There are definitely not any links to my lo-fi origins”, Ariel recently told Spin magazine. “It's so diverse but so different from anything I've done before. In a sense, it’s really the record I wanted to make back when I made Before Today, but couldn't. We had time to let our hair down and try new things."

While the creative process was new, familiar Ariel Pink signatures remain. In fact, Mature Themes feels like the definitive Haunted Graffiti record, a patchwork of modern America, its esoteric reference points and moments of lyrical lucidity a twilight excursion through backwater LA and late-night TV channel hopping.

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8th - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *$
10th - Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm (Goodson Yard Room) *$
11th - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*$
13th - Washington DC - 9:30 Club *$
14th - New York, NY - Webster Hall *!
15th - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *%
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25th - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *#
27th - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Rickshaw Theatre*
28th - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Theater / Decibel Festival
29th - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
1st - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club *#
5th - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *

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14th - La Gaite Lyrique, Paris
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