Following his previous album, 2012's Mature Themes, under the Haunted Graffiti alias, pom pom is Ariel Pink's first solo record by his own moniker. Trailed with singles 'Put Your Number In My Phone', 'Black Ballerina', and 'Picture Me Gone', pom pom is unfiltered Ariel, spanning 17 tracks and 69 minutes.
The record veers from collaborations with the legendary Kim Fowley (songs such as ‘Jell-O’ and ‘Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade’ were written with Fowley in his hospital room during his recent battle with cancer), to beatific, windswept pop (‘Put Your Number In My Phone’, ‘Dayzed Inn Daydreams’), scuzz-punk face-melters (‘Goth Bomb’, ‘Negativ Ed’), and carnival dub psychedelia (‘Dinosaur Carebears’).
Speaking about the record, Ariel says that “although this is the first “solo” record credited to my name, it is by far the least “solo” record I have ever recorded.”
"Satirical, divisive, and more interested in terraforming genres than neatly decontructing them." - Pitchfork (8.8 - Best New Music)
"It has the feel of a magnum opus." - NME - 8/10 (Album of the Week)
"There is unlikely to be a more distinctive album put out this year." - Uncut (8/10)
"Songs of splendour." - Q ****
"A unique pop talent." - Loud & Quiet 8/10
"Completely twisted while still showing off his undeniably strong sensibility for pop weirdness." - Stereogum