While the teens and twentysomethings of MTV’s “DISconnected” were stuck in a haze of modern amenities, a bulk of the soundtrack spoke to a time when a long-distance call was novel. When Maria overwhelmed her boyfriend with text messages en masse and Isaiah’s mania got the best of him, the rock heyday sounds of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti came alive to cool things down.
The group, inspired by the likes of David Bowie and Hall & Oates, delivers a sound reminiscent of late ’70s/early ’80s FM radio dominance. Certain special effects create a touch of modernity in tracks like “Revolution’s A Lie,” but a multiple-instrument cacophony combined with low-fi recording sessions give a sense of rock antiquity to most songs. It’s low-maintenance eccentricity at its finest.
Check out a live recording of Pink’s “L’Estat” below for a glimpse into quirky performing personified, and make sure to head over to MTV Soundtrack for info on the tunes from “DISconnected,” as well as more of the songs behind your favorite MTV shows.
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