Ariel Pink has announced plans to release his new album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, on September 15.
The record 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. To coincide with the album news, today he shares new track ‘Feels Like Heaven’.
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.”