13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 2010’s Before Today saw Ariel Pink emerge from his lo-fi netherworld to become America’s pre-eminent avant-pop star, Mature Themes furthers his acclimatisation to the spotlight. The album boasts some of his most open-hearted tunes: The title track crosswires a tender ‘70s serenade with Kraftwerkian synths; “Only in My Dreams” is a sun-dappled gem spit-shined by Byrdsy jangle. But Pink’s increasingly sophisticated songcraft is countered by moments of anarchy: “Schnitzel Boogie” is indeed a brown-note polka about craving the titular delicacy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 2010’s Before Today saw Ariel Pink emerge from his lo-fi netherworld to become America’s pre-eminent avant-pop star, Mature Themes furthers his acclimatisation to the spotlight. The album boasts some of his most open-hearted tunes: The title track crosswires a tender ‘70s serenade with Kraftwerkian synths; “Only in My Dreams” is a sun-dappled gem spit-shined by Byrdsy jangle. But Pink’s increasingly sophisticated songcraft is countered by moments of anarchy: “Schnitzel Boogie” is indeed a brown-note polka about craving the titular delicacy.

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