Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Freak folk reveler and lo-fi icon Ariel Pink released the superb and majorly accessible debut Before Today with his L.A. band, Haunted Graffiti, in 2010. Having listened to “Round and Round” about one hundred times and making it my summer jam of that year, I knew I’d be anticipating the release of their second LP. Well, I’m more than delighted to inform you that Haunted Graffiti has not only announced that a new album will be coming out in August, but that they have released the first single from the album as well!

“Only In My Dreams” comes off their August 21st release entitled Mature Themes. The track is as good as any on the album before it, and maybe even better, as it is one of their most melodic and titillating songs yet. The production is in the same vein as Before Today, but if the fantastic song structure and natural growth of “Only In My Dreams” is any implication of what Mature Themes is going to sound like in full, then I’ll be first in line at my local record store on its release day.

Mature Themes will be out on multiple formats from 4AD on August 21. Check out the full track list down below, and you can also catch Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti on their tour in the U.S. starting in September, with dates listed down below as well.

Mature Themes Track List

01 Kinski Assasin
02 Is This The Best Spot?
03 Mature Themes
04 Only In My Dreams
05 Driftwood
06 Early Birds of Babylon
07 Schnitzel Boogie
08 Symphony of the Nymph
09 Pink Slime
10 Farewell American Primitive
11 Live it Up
12 Nostradamus & Me
13 Baby

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Tour Dates

09-07 Austin, TX – Mohawk *$
09-08 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre *$
09-10 Atlanta, GA – Goat Farm (Goodson Yard Room) *$
09-11 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*$
09-13 Washington DC – 9:30 Club *$
09-14 New York, NY – Webster Hall *!
09-15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *%
09-16 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club *%
09-18 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Du Mile End *%
09-19 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace *%
09-20 Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College *
09-21 Chicago, IL – Metro *#
09-22 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe *#
09-24 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall *#
09-25 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *#
09-27 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Rickshaw Theatre *
09-29 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
10-01 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club *#
10-05 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre *
11-07 Liverpool, Kazimier
11-08 Glasgow, Stereo
11-09 London, York Hall (Illuminations Festival)
11-12 Antwerp, Trix
11-13 Amsterdam, Melkweg
11-14 Paris, La Gaite Lyrique
11-16 Cologne, Gebaude 9
11-17 Hamburg, Prinzenbar
11-19 Copenhagen, Vega Big Room
11-20 Stockholm, Debaser Midis
11-22 Helsinki, Tavastia
11-24 Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
11-25 Berlin, Festaal Kreuzberg
11-27 Munich, Ampere
12-06 Istanbul, Babylon

* = w/ Bodyguard
$ = w/ Moon Diagrams
! = w/ TEEN
% = w/ Phedre
# = w/ Dâm-Funk

For more info: Ariel Pink’s Official Website