The Doldrums (album)

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The Doldrums
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Studio album by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Released 2000; October 11, 2004 (re-issue)
Recorded September 1999–April 2000
Genre
Length 62:10
Label Paw Tracks (re-issue)
Producer Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti chronology
Underground
(Haunted Graffiti 1) (1999)
The Doldrums
(Haunted Graffiti 2) (2000)
Scared Famous
(Haunted Graffiti 3) (2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media 5.0/10[6]
Spin A[1]
Stylus Magazine B+[7]
Uncut 5/5 stars[8]

The Doldrums is an album by American lo-fi musician Ariel Pink, and the second installment in his Haunted Graffiti series. It released independently in 2000 and reissued in 2004 on Paw Tracks to critical praise.

Background[edit]

The album was originally issued in 2000 in CD-R format, copies of which were handmade by Pink himself.[9] One such copy was passed on by Pink to the rock band Animal Collective, who found the copy on their tour van floor and, impressed by its music, later contacted Pink and offered to re-issue it on their own Paw Tracks label.[9][8] The Doldrums was subsequently re-issued on October 11, 2004 by Paw Tracks as the first of a series of re-issues of Haunted Graffiti albums by the label.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Critic Simon Reynolds named the album among his favorite records of the decade.[11] Spin called it "a lo-fi masterpiece."[1] AllMusic called it "one of the most wonderfully skewed takes on classic pop you're likely to hear."[4] Mojo wrote that Pink's songs' "range, volatility and Simulaneist overload sounds like The Beatles circa 1967, The Human League, FM radio's Hall Of Fame, Phil Spector, Tiny Tim and the great R. Stevie Moore all frolicking at once in an acid bath in his own head."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ariel Pink.

  1. "Good Kids Make Bad Grown Ups" – 4:39
  2. "Strange Fires" – 4:06
  3. "Among Dreams" – 4:19
  4. "For Kate I Wait" – 4:19
  5. "Haunted Graffiti" – 3:50
  6. "Gray Sunset" – 3:38
  7. "The Doldrums" – 4:02
  8. "Envelopes Another Day" – 5:08
  9. "The Ballad of Bobby Pyn" – 10:58

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Breakdown". Spin. 20 (12): 124. December 2004. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ "PAW TRACKS READIES VINYL REISSUES OF TWO RARE ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI RECORDS, 'THE DOLDRUMS' AND 'HOUSE ARREST'". Self-Titled Mag. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Reynolds, Simon (December 29, 2005). "A Year". Blissblog. Blogger. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Glazer, Joshua. "The Doldrums – Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti". AllMusic. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – Doldrums CD". CD Universe. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ Sylvester, Nick (October 25, 2004). "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: The Doldrums". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ Powell, Mike (December 10, 2004). "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – The Doldrums – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Stubbs, David (December 2004). "Past perfect pop". Uncut (91). 
  9. ^ a b Beta, Andy (September 13, 2012). "Ariel Pink". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ Paw Tracks "The Doldrums" press page
  11. ^ Reynolds, Simon (March 5, 2013). "Faves Of The 2000s aka the NOUGHTIES". Blogger. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – Doldrums CD". CD Universe. Retrieved February 7, 2016.