Hanging On To Life, Ariel Pink.

Hanging On To Life, Ariel Pink.

Perhaps art-pop doyen Ariel Pink’s most consistent creative facet has consistently been his absolute inconsistency when it comes to songwriting, release formatting and general musical stylisation, and the same can be said here as the serial collusionist combines with Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht for the blithe Hang On To Life. It must be said that Pink has, over these past couple years, been clutching at proverbial straws by the sounds of it with the latest spurt from his ‘Haunted Graffiti nom de guerre, Mature Themes, an infantile rehash of significantly more potent past successes. I would therefore contend that he has, to all intents and purposes, himself been hanging on to his own livelihood by the serrated perimeters of his ravenously nibbled fingers.

Past notwithstanding however, he can here be said to presently strengthen his grip on surreality, as fished right out from the blue comes this limited 7″ pressing released somewhat inexplicably via Mexican Summer. Quite what brought he and Elbrecht together in the first place remains anyone’s nebulous guess, though their discrepant vocal tonalities incidentally complement one another quite consummately, and similar confusion surrounds its release on an independent Elbrecht has considerably more previous with when compared to the psych clergyman in question. Though the below is plastered with the vibrant hallmarks of Pink at his rubescent best, the Los Angelino oddity existentially musing: “Every day, we all try to pray/ To hang on to life, and we’ll stay awake” atop the parodical muffling of naff ’80s synths. It’s one of umpteen intriguing twists and subsequent turns in a career snaking into and out of sanity with irreverent fancy, although it has to be charted as an incontrovertible peak in light of his recent previous…

Hang On to Life b/w No Real Friend is released July 15th via Mexican Summer.

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