Ariel Pink Announces Archival Project
New collection Odditties Sodomies Vol. 2,
reissues of Underground & Loverboy
+ more through 2020
Ariel Archives revisits Ariel Pink’s historic run of albums as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti with a series of definitive reissues and new collections. The first installment begins with Odditties Sodomies Vol. 2, a long-awaited second volume of outtakes and non-album tracks, Underground, the inaugural album in the Haunted Graffiti series, and finally Loverboy, an exemplary disc recorded between October 2001 and July 2002, at which time Ariel also recorded House Arrest.
Later installments of Ariel Archives will include The Doldrums, House Arrest, Scared Famous, and Worn Copy. Additional surplus material from this period to the present day will be highlighted in new volumes of collected outtakes and non-album tracks, with Odditties Sodomies Vol. 3, plus a new edition of Odditties Sodomies Vol. 1. Ariel Archives will complete this retrospective project with the first-ever vinyl release of Stranded at Two Harbors (the debut Holy Shit album co-written by Matt Fishbeck and Ariel Pink) and a new collection of Ariel Pink’s singles and tour-only CD-Rs released in the last decade.
Kicking off Ariel Archives are two singles, each representing distinct pieces of Ariel Pink’s whole.
“Stray Here With You” from Odditties Sodomies Vol. 2, is set in Ariel Pink’s smoother, more romantic mode, a soft-focused style using opal synth tones, electronic drums and an off-kilter arrangement. As with other Ariel Pink songs, “Stray Here With You” does not tell a story but is the story itself, a deliberate (mis-)translation of pop music forms into something fresh and seductive.
“So Glad” is one of Ariel Pink’s earliest ballads, its delicate sound saturated with tape hiss and reverb. “So Glad” is a preview of the larger Archives project: this new version, transferred from Ariel’s personal tapes, was remastered, retaining the charm of the original while removing unintended filters and compression found on past versions of Loverboy.