With roots going back as far as 1996, Californians Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti are as sublime as they are surreal with a sound loaded with hazy nostalgia and a fiercely experimental pop palette. The band (currently comprised of Ariel Pink, Kenny Gilmore, Cole M.G.N., Aaron Sperske and Tim Koh) have picked up particular plaudits for the Haunted Graffiti releases via Paw Tracks: The Doldrums (2004), Worn Copy (2005) and House Arrest (2006). In June 2010, they released Before Today, their first album since signing to 4AD at the end of 2009.
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Following six years of churning out album after album of ultra-lo-fi pop, delinquent California native Ariel Pink has landed himself a deal with 4AD. If you wanted to be very smart about this, you could almost say that he and his Haunted Graffiti have finally come out of The Doldrums (the title...