The Doldrums

by Ariel Pink

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Among Dreams 04:19
Gray Sunset 03:39
The Doldrums 04:03
Crying 02:17


Strange fires glow across The Doldrums, Ariel Pink’s youthful masterpiece of primal, home-recorded pop music. Before its first wide release in 2004, Ariel Pink had submitted the album as his undergraduate thesis at art school. The brand-new sound looked back to a bygone era of melancholic songs loaded with melody and songcraft, delivering a template for what became the unprecedented sounds of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Now remastered as a central part of Ariel Archives, The Doldrums returns in a faithful restoration sourced from the original cassette masters.


released April 24, 2020

All songs written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Ariel Pink
Recorded in the wee hours of the morning at the house at the top of Rainbow Dr. in Val Verde, CA between Fall 1999 and Summer 2000
Original digital mixdown engineered by Raj
Tape research, audio transfer, restoration, and editing by Paul D. Millar
Tracks 1 - 8 sourced from the original 1999-2000 Val Verde CD-R stereo mixes
"The Ballad Of Bobby Pyn," remixed from 8-track by Ariel and PDM, Los Angeles, CA, March 2019
Tracks 10 - 15 sourced from Ariel’s original cassette mixdowns
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters (Los Angeles, CA)
Additional photography by and courtesy of Liz Goetz
Liner notes by Simon Reynolds
Copyediting and proofreading by Chris Peterson and Zonder Titel
Artwork and layout by Ariel Pink and Bailey Elder
Additional materials provided by Eddie Ruscha and Paw Tracks
Material production assistance by Eli Welbourne

Originally released on Paw Tracks in 2004

All songs published by Brill Building Songs (ASCAP), administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing

Special Thanks to J Maus, R Lynn, Rsm, Thompson, AC, Paw Tracks, T Hyman, M Fishbeck, H El Kholti, J Derrah, P Millar, J Loveless, K Arnett, T Koh, K Gilmore, J Schwartz, Mexican Summer, D Cooley, E Ruscha

© + ℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC. All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting is strictly prohibited.


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Ariel Pink Los Angeles, California

Ariel Pink started as a visual artist before becoming a recording artist in the late ‘90s while attending Cal Arts. Drawing on iconoclasts and trailblazers like the Shaggs, the Cure, the Velvet Underground, Destroy All Monsters, Cabaret Voltaire, and R. Stevie Moore, Pink set himself to redefining the musical lexicon for himself and others. “This mission,” he says, “remains mine to this day.” ... more


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