Yes! Tonight Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti is finally performing in the Netherlands. I’m not able to find the last time this happened, nor when it will happen again, so I think it’s very special.
And rightly so, because I think this is the most friggin’ original music that’s been produced in a decade, at least in the indie scene. These guys are good. Not only does every song have a very nice layer of haziness across it; there’s a million things happening at once in them all of the time, making every track as surprising as the next one. Lots and lots of references too, to The Doors, the Beach Boys, the Velvet Underground, 1960s Britpop (The Monkees), Phil Spector, synth music, and so forth. At the start of a song, you have no idea where it’s going to end, and there’s a dozen of twists and turns in between that, every detail crafted yet sounding spontaneous.