Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Selected Lyrics by Ariel Pink
Published by Nieves (2014)
Selected Lyrics is the debut print publication of acclaimed Los Angeles songwriter Ariel Pink, as the first survey of lyrics by his band, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. It provides lyrics for Pink’s most classic material that, famously, has been so difficult to comprehend by ear, due to his emphatically lo-fidelity recording practices. With 37 lyrics culled from both well-known and obscure releases, the songs in Selected Lyrics span the entirety of Ariel Pink’s recorded output, and together comprise a kind of “best-of,” a one-stop tour of the musician’s recurrent themes and fascinations. Pink’s tragic dramas of domestic pain come to life in “L’estat (acc. To the widow’s maid)” and the beloved tunes “Envelopes Another Day,” “Among Dreams” and “Life in L.A.” Included in the volume are several pages of handwritten, animated lyrics, a reproduction of drawings by Ariel Pink and a thorough discography.