Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht – “Hang On To Life”

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Here it is: the already much buzzed about collaboration between Violens member Jorge Elbrecht and art-pop weirdo Ariel Pink for a 7-inch on Mexican Summer.  If you haven’t heard it yet, go ahead now. I’ll wait… Pretty awesome right?  It’s got many of the signatures of Ariel Pink’s brand of lo-fi glam pop but is slightly more subdued, containing some of the lushness and smoothness of Violens.  Besides the kind of great hummable melodies that have solidified Ariel Pink’s name in modern indie, the song contains some great unexpected turns that make it really stick.  This includes lines like “you screwed the pooch now face it / the truth is in the sky” (is that really what he’s saying?) and a faux-candid phone conversation in the bridge.  Now go ahead and give it another listen because you want to.

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