Oddities Sodomies Vol 2. is the long-awaited sequel to the super-out-of-print Vol. 1, originally released in 2008. This new edition is compiled from rarities spanning almost 20 years, including some unheard tunes written during his series of releases with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. The set starts with the relatively hi-fi surf jangle and hazy organ of “Something About Michael Landon”, the chill surf vibes becoming more and more menacing as the track races to its conclusion. “Bolivian Solider” is telegraph-tap percussion and jittery keyboard taps that lead to a warped Beach Boys chorus. “Chart Beep” and “The Law” were cowritten by Lab favorite John Maus, Maus’s monotone baritone and lo-fi electronic wizardry standing in contrast to Pink’s raw, analog inclinations. (Another version of “The Law” popped up on Maus’ 2012 Rarities compilation.) “Party Zone World” is one of the more jubilant and loose tracks here, featuring a writing credit from good ol’ Mac Demarco. You will also get a chance to hear Pink’s best Morrissey impression via his honest take on Hatful of Hollow Smiths classic “This Night Has Opened My Eyes”. Includes an obi-strip and printed inner sleeve with full credits.
- black vinyl pressing
- includes obi strip and printed insert with credits
- digital download included
- limited edition
- part of the Ariel Archives reissue series
- music label: Mexican Summer 2019
reviewed by SLIM TWIG 11/2019