Ty Segall – Twins
Release date: October 9th
Ty Segall has been doing the whole music thing for a mere 4 years in a solo capacity, but in that time he’s developed a discography as varied as his fanbase is strong. A garage rocker at heart, Segall has not been afraid to drench his tracks in reverb and guitar production reminiscent of certain The Stooges tracks and at other times more psychedelic acts like Syd Barrett.
Starting with an infectious track dubbed ‘Thank God for Sinners’, Twins quickly evolves, diving head first into psych to close out second track ‘Inside Your Heart’, a perfect lead-in to the blistering fuzz-pop of ‘The Hills’.
Not afraid to slow things down, Segall gets a bit more intimate with ‘Ghost’ before heading right back to his roots with the delightful ‘They Told Me Too’, a track the late Jay Reatard would no doubt approve of. That harder highlight is followed by another shamelessly catchy track in ‘Love Fuzz’, the third Ty Segall track with the word ‘fuzz’ in the title.
Influences are there throughout, but the sound is very unique, a sign of that odd concept known as timelessness.
That’s not to suggest that this is a ‘timeless’ album or anything quite so trite, but the sounds contained within are of decades both past and yet to come. Certain moments call to mind contemporaries like Black Lips or BBQ while others sound vaguely like Olivia Tremor Control, who owed a fair bit to Barret themselves.
Acoustic guitars make another appearance at the end of the album as album closers ‘Gold on the Shore’ and ‘There is no Tomorrow’ round out the album with a slow dirge. The pacing of the album is a bit off towards the end, which is a shame considering how good the first half is.
Twins is an album released right after a strong year of touring for Segall, and a lot of this material shows the benefit of that experience. The result is an album which finds a scattershot artist focusing his shots a bit more and the result is a few more hits and less misses.