Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht - Hang On To Life/No Real Friend

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

The recent appetite for all things 1980s has led to the revival of styles of music that many people had hoped had been buried forever in the mists of time. Yet they're everywhere, being copied, updated, parodied and revitalised. Where Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht fit into the equation is open to debate, but wherever you place their music, Pink in particular has been one of the most praised artists of the past couple of years. This joint 7" single was the product of a single weekend, with both songs being written and recorded by the pair in Brooklyn. It's impossible not to think of that decade again.

The annoying thing is, the duo have taken sounds that should have no place in the modern music world and made them fit. 'Hang On To Life' is an update of a slow-jam but sits next to dreampop, therefore making it seem like a regular part of the current alternative music scene. It's slightly cheesy, yet somehow you don't mind. It's 'No Real Friend' that brings out the real guilty pleasure feelings. This song is less an update and more a copy, taking you back to the slow songs at the end of school dances. Again, annoyingly, it doesn't bother you in the way it should. Thanks a lot Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht, you've confused the hell out of me.

Ariel Pink's website

Jorge Elbrecht's website

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