Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ty Segall 'Twins'

Ty Segall knocks another one out of the park with his latest album that came out at the tail end of last year, 'Twins' on Drag City. Albums leading up to this, 'Melted' and 'Goodbye Bread', had a ballad focus adding a new dimension to the garage rock approach Segall has become so well known for. Not only that, but moved the goal posts as to what garage rock can achieve. Just as we were immersed in these strung-out, sun-drenched numbers on Record Store Day 2012 Segall released an album with White Fence which saw the return of his hair-raising rock roots. 'Twins' picks up where this record leaves off and sure, Ty Segall has released a garage rock record before, but what sets him apart from his peers is he always keeping things innovative and exuberant.

"Thank God For The Sinners" and "Inside Your Heart" shows the sludgy, ballad-centric songs are fresh in mind as they ooze with sizzling guitars and that laid-back nature indicative of west-coasters. This doesn't last long though as Segall kicks things up a gear with manic numbers like "You're The Doctor". Highlight for me though is "Would You Be My Love", it just hits all the pop, rock, garage pleasure centres and gives on every listen - one of my favourite Segall songs period. 'Twins' offers head scratcher moments too by closing on folk track "Gold On The Shore" featuring layers acoustic guitar, vocals and bass.  There's not many artists around where you can say two albums and some four singles in a year doesn't seem like enough - can't wait to see what Segall has up his sleeve for 2013. 

UK copies here 
US copies here

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