Many artists lay claim to possessing a unique approach to the pop music oeuvre, but few of them prove as idiosyncratic in real life as L.A. lo-fi trailblazer Ariel Pink, so it is with great excitement that Melbourne Recital Centre announces Ariel Pink’s return to his beloved Australia with his band, taking the stage in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall on Tuesday 21 November as part of the Melbourne Music Week program.
Having grown up in Beverly Hills on a steady diet of classic pop (think Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie et al), Ariel Pink – or Ariel Marcus Rosenberg to his parents and the authorities – began his career as a visual artist (albeit one possessing a deep fascination for music). Over time, however, his focus shifted inevitably to the aural realms and he spent the best part of a decade from the mid-‘90s honing his craft in virtual obscurity, building a body of work away from prying eyes that was experimental, impressionistic and improvisational in all the right ways.
Now Ariel Pink returns with his 11th album Dedicated To Bobby Jameson (out September 15 on Mexican Summer via Rocket), the title a reference to the real-life L.A. musician Bobby Jameson who – having been long-presumed dead – resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades, an incredible expression of tragedy and triumph which naturally piqued Pink’s unquenchable curiosity.
The album has already spawned radio track ‘Another Weekend’ – a catchy depiction of the lingering euphoria of a regrettable weekend over the edge – which is now being followed by ‘Feels Like Heaven’, a lovelorn insta-classic paying tribute to the inherent promise of romance.
Alternatively contained and sprawling, Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is an incandescent pop odyssey that represents more astonishing peaks and menacing valleys in the remarkable career of Ariel Pink who, through sheer originality and verve, has become an American rock’n’roll institution.
He’s an artist capable of summoning and exploiting the full spectrum of the human condition in his shimmering pop – conjuring every emotion from despair, self-loathing and suspicion through to love, nostalgia and desire – so come along and take this thrilling rollercoaster ride with Ariel Pink and his band, who’ll be delivering a heavy dose of hypnagogic pop storytelling to usher in the Australian summer for Melbourne Music Week!
To celebrate the announcement of this Melbourne only performance, be the first to hear Ariel Pink’s dreamy forthcoming single ‘Feels Like Heaven’ ahead of the rest of the world in an Australian-first premiere! Listen to ‘Feels Like Heaven’ which is due for release on 15 August here
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & co-presented with Melbourne Music Week
7:30pm TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Presale commences 9am Tuesday 15 August and general on sale at 9am Friday 18 August.
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