Mature Themes is the ninth studio album by the American recording artist Ariel Pink. It was released on August 20, 2012 through 4AD, and is the second album recorded with Pink's band. It is the final album released under Pink's musical project "Haunted Graffiti," as he would subsequently release material under his name starting with his follow-up album, pom pom (2014). The album was recognized as one of "The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far", a list published by Pitchfork in August 2014.
Mature Themes is Ariel Pink's grittier, gristlier, and funnier follow-up, an album that clarifies that Before Today was not a sign of things to come but rather just a signpost along his strange journey. Ariel Pink's music began its strange journey early in the last decade, as a CD-R lying on the floor of Animal Collective's tour van. Before then, he'd been heard by almost no one, despite that he'd recorded hundreds of songs, by himself, in what sounded like a windowless dungeon
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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Released August 20, 2012. Mature Themes Tracklist. 1. Kinski Assassin Lyrics. Pitchfork claimed their song Baby , to be Best New Track. Pitchfork also deemed it as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti performing "Mature Themes" Live on KCRW. ariel pink's haunted graffiti "mature themes".
Ariel Pink's name was printed in my mind as some shi y hipster that made music for nerds and so on. I was completely ready to hate on Mature Themes when I knew about its existence (again, on Pitchfork). God, Jesus, Buda, Superman. I thought i had found gold. It was so pretty, so dreamy, so poppy and infectious at the same time that I couldn't resist for much longer
In the '00s, Ariel Pink home-recorded a number of murky and intriguing cassettes. Cobbling together several influences but transcending the hollowness of pure retro imitation, Pink created wonderfully eccentric pop. With the 2010 release of his 4AD debut, Before Today, his distinct songwriting and arranging skills were professionally produced for the first time, and the results were impressive. His band, Haunted Graffiti, is perfectly tuned into Pink’s aesthetic. 2012’s Mature Themes is a fine follow-up. Kinski Assassin, 02:59. Is This the Best Spot?, 01:47. Mature Themes, 02:46. Only In My Dreams, 03:11.
The sideshow continues with Mature Themes, which pushes further into Pink’s subconscious, a bargain-basement repository of pop-culture ephemera, junky samples, and song fragments. In a more restrictive time, Pink might have found an outlet for his mania, but the relative freedom of today’s music world leaves him without limitations to rail against. His music is garbled by this lack of direction, and he seems to be fighting against himself as much as anyone, sputtering out contrasting ideas and half-formed concepts. Pink is primarily a jester whose music strives for silliness above all; why else punctuate a chorus with Michael Jackson yelps, or write a nearly five-minute track about eating schnitzel? This is fine in one-song spurts, but the maelstrom of inane voices, gonzo effects, nonsense words, and non sequiturs grows exhausting long before the end of the album.
Ariel Pink has become markedly more conventional since his early cassette-only recordings, when by his own admission he couldn't actually play – "I had no verifiable talent, no instruments, nothing. I was just completely disturbed," he told this paper in 2006. Is he taking the mick? It will likely infuriate as many as it delights, but no one could dispute the singularity of Pink's vision.