Baby - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

from the album Mature Themes (2012)

I am in awe of songs that have the power to grab you by the mind and transport you to another place and time.  Baby by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is one of those songs.

This song is a down-tempo lovers grove, intended for later in the evening than Barry White.  It is filled with soft tones, moody minor chords, and warm analog textures that define the most intimate soul of the early 1970s.  It is beautifully recorded.  I imagine the producer at the recording console in the wee hours, mixing the tracks, lost in the vibe.  Then he drives home, jamming to that night's mix.  I bet that nothing ever sounded better.

This masterful cover of the Donnie and Joe Emerson classic starts with a simple bass line, a deadened beat, and funky guitar riffs in the distance.  It slows you down and establishes the seductive groove.  Enter the electric piano and "ooh ooh baby" of the background singer.  Now you are in the mood and ready for the lead vocal, that enters:

When we're out in the moonlight
Looking at the stars above
Feels so good when I'm near you
Holding hands and making love
Ooh ooh Baby, You're so Baby
Ooh ooh Baby, You've so Baby

When I listen to Baby, I have a hard time imagining the it was actually recorded in 2012.  Hats off to anyone associated with this record.  Please check this song out.

Click Here to listen to the album version.

Click Here to watch the band perform in Melbourne, Australia last year.  The song is new to them here and the singer is reading the lyrics.

Comments

  1. What a grand homage to the Motown sound! Fantastic multi-layered mix, with a tonal richness that defies MP3 practically emulating vinyl.
    Rest in peace Barry White, but now there is a new crooner to make ;-) the night!

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