"'Baby' has been a staple on just about every playlist/mixtape I’ve assembled in the past 3 years. It is nothing short of sublime." ~ Ariel PinkHow could it fail? Start with a couple of rock and roll farmers from Fruitland, Washington, dress them up in Elvis leisure suits embroidered with their own names and - voila! - you'll set the world on fire. Well, sort of...or maybe not. Originally "released" in 1979, Dreamin' Wild by brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson didn't catch on until 2011 when collectors like Yoga Records founder Douglas McGowan started raving about it after discovering the LP in a Spokane antique shop. As he notes in the reissue from Light In the Attic records, "I love the Emersons because the album looks so goofy that you almost feel sorry for it - and then the music is basically perfect."
"Kids Are People Too".
The magic of this homespun gem is that it embodies a motley panache of yacht rockers like Pablo Cruise and Chuck Mangione, along with MOR castaways the Hues Corporation ("Rock the Boat") and Boz Scaggs ("Lowdown"). It's not surprising that Ariel Pink has been performing "Baby" for a couple of years and even included a cover of the "sublime" tune on his latest, Mature Themes.
Ghost melodies and rhythms haunt the album like vapor trails dripping from some gauzy horizon or rhizomes sprouting between the grooves. It all amounts to a hauntology that is both seductive and elusive, and above all, ever-present.