Ariel Pink will release his new album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, on September 15.
The recording is his first solo album since his 2014 prog-pop opus pom pom, and first full-length release with the Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer. Today, Pink also announces a fall tour of North America, in which he will perform songs from Dedicated to Bobby Jameson and the singular body of work he has created over the first two decades of his career, and debuts a video for ‘Another Weekend’ directed by Grant Singer, the first single from the new album.
The new release’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life Los Angeles musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades: “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him,” Pink states.
“We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track, “Time to Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.”