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Before Today by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Released: Jun 2010
Label: 4ad
A longtime lingerer in lo-fi, Ariel Pink ups the production values and releases his best album to date. Before Today touches on a wealth of retro influences; if you didn't know better, you could guess this was an underground classic from the '70s. Subtle, psychedelic pop that has everyone from Pink Floyd to The Moody Blues to Hall & Oates to thank, Before Today moves with the fluidity of a lava lamp, smooth and hypnotizing, sometimes flowing in unpredictable directions. "Round and Round" would be a hit single if we were all still spinning vinyl and picking out shag carpeting.
Stephanie Benson