Ariel Pink’s latest album, Pom Pom, just might be his definitive statement. Pom Pom is also Pink’s first album for 4AD to drop the association with Haunted Graffiti and focus itself soley on Pink’s skewed worldview. On Pom Pom, Pink has concocted 17 sonically divergent songs featuring tales of woe, sordid romance, depravity and general weirdness (Dinosaur Carebears).
Within this mix, Pom Pom trades in a sonic stew that is chemically enhanced by Kim Fowley’s twisted vision (Plastic Raincoats in the Pig Parade, Sexual Athletics) as well as guest musicians in the form of Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce (Picture Me Gone, Dayzed Inn Daydreams) and Dan Bolles. Pom Pom is an album very much like Pink himself and it makes no apologies for its oft putting nature or limited appeal. Pink is making music for himself and should be saluted for it; whichever hand/gesture you choose is up to you.