When I was asked to review this album I wondered why? Why me? I mean I guess I like Ariel Pink’s early recordings. They were weird and very lo-fi, but I liked “I Wait for Kate”. It was simple yet strange. Now I just don’t know what’s happening. Now he has a full band? When did that happen? So I went to look up pictures of this band and I felt like I was looking a band of gypsies mixed with a Scooby-Doo cartoon. Which isn’t to say that is a bad thing just different. Different can be good, sometimes.
This album is different from just about anything I have heard in quite awhile. It plays like an in vogue disco album made through the lens of HR Puff n’ Stuff. A Sid and Marty Croft nightmare dream world walk through the land before the 80’s. Like “Pipers at the Gates of Dawn,” if it were a children’s cartoon. I mean there is a song called “Schnitzel Boogie” that is about you guessed ordering a schnitzel. Another song “Symphony of the Nymph” which as far as I tell is a pagan ritual put to soft lilting keyboards which I am pretty sure if played enough times will bring about the end of civilization as we know it. Another song “Farewell American Primitive” sounds like the theme song to mid-90s free cable TV show. The real stand out track that comes close to seriousness for me is “Baby”. A soft lullaby that ends the album off nicely with a great old school R&B feel to it, and will be the song that I do end repeatedly listening to.
This isn’t a bad album as it is played well. The songs are cohesive. There are melodies in there. There are even a couple of possible sing-a-longs. As long as you don’t mind lo-fi keys, bright guitars, odd chord changes. If you were the freaky kid in high school who liked say Captain Beefheart or recorded commercial jingles and then burned them to CD to listen to while you went for long drives then this album is right up you alley. I just personally can’t help but feel as though there is some inside joke that I am not getting or not privy to.