We Love You Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti!

16 May 2011

If you know Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, then you will know of the remarkable genius of Ariel Pink (Ariel Marcus Rosenburg) if you don’t know of Ariel or his latest work then I can’t recommend them enough! Went to see them on Friday at Koko in Camden and was blown away by the beauty and energy of this band.

What I love most about Ariel, is his unending ability to create and deliver original and heartfelt melodious songs that seem to embrace everything good about pop culture and even turn the more cynically contrived idiosyncratic tendencies of bands gone before, into gems of perspective on a wildly unique writing talent.
On first look and listen people may dismiss Ariel and his band as post modern artalitarian (I made that word up - like it? It means art school overdrive: ) But there is a deep heart of creativity and beauty here and when I saw Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti play live at Koko in London on Friday night, I was moved beyond expression at some of his stunning compositions.

I felt a similar excitement when I first heard the music of Sufjan Stevens. Although very different, these two artists are both genius at combining the best of pop with originality and beauty to create something genuine and profound and I am so delighted to live in an age of enlightenment regarding the making of popular music.

I hear that last time Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti played in London it was at the smaller Garage venue and they received a chilly reception. I am delighted to say that Friday was very different! The brilliant Koko venue (so great to go to see a band in a place where the sound is so fantastic) was packed with people who were there to witness a remarkable artist and band at a very special stage of their growth. the stage where a band has broken through the old staid ideas and prejudices of backward thinking audiences, current media and corporate constraint and managed to redefine what is ‘acceptable’ in both content and approach for new artists. One of the things I like most about Ariel is his refusal to let budget (or lack of) get in the way of his creativity and his kamikaze approach to his videos which are often a finely balanced combination of hedonistic art house hilarity and DIY home taping genius.

I could spend hours writing about the music of Ariel and his wonderful Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti but I have my own music to work on : ) I just wanted to share with you, my happiness at discovering yet another wonderful band in this time of wonder and awe for modern music.

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