August 21, 2012
Los Angeles Times
In rock 'n' roll history there have existed lines in the sand: Polarizing musical thresholds beyond which your average listener will not step. Bob Dylan’s baffling Self Portrait, for example, or Lil Wayne’s rock album Rebirth. Muddy Waters’ psych-blues masterpiece Electric Mud, the entire output of Northeast family weirdos the Shaggs. Captain Beefheart and/or Frank Zappa.
The work of 34-year-old Los Angeles singer, songwriter, bandleader and memory-bending artist Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti is one such line, as evidenced by some of the songs on his wonderfully baffling new album, Mature Themes. Read story