Ariel Pink Says He's Working on Madonna's New Album, Dismisses Most of Her Career

Ariel Pink, 2014.
Sasha Eisenman

Ariel Pink

There's a new name to add to the list of people reportedly working on Madonna's upcoming album, and no, it's not another EDM hitmaker -- it's Ariel Pink.

The lo-fi pop singer-songwriter told Faster Louder he's working on Madge's 2015 album, while simultaneously dismissing the majority of her career.

"Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna's record," Pink said. "The first record [1983's Madonna] was so good because of the songs. It's been a downward slide [since] … Ray of Light is not cool. And all the other stuff she's done after that, it's not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values. People need more substance in their mac-and-cheese. People need more sugar or something."

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Pink explained he was called in to provide something that the EDM producers working with her can't. "They need something edgy. They need songwriting. She can't just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she's 20 years old. They actually need songs. I'm partly responsible for that return-to-values thing," he said.

So there you have it -- Pink might have songs on Madonna's new album, despite the fact that he has not enjoyed a Madonna album since 1983.