Friday, December 14, 2012

Honorable Mention: Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair

The first of three albums Ty Segall released this year, Hair continues the upward trajectory that the prolific garage rocker’s albums have taken since he began releasing solo material in 2008.  It’s a short record, with eight slices of sunbaked California garage rock stretched across just under thirty minutes.  The eight songs on this record continually morph and bend in on each other, and it sounds like Segall and Tim Presley (the sole member of White Fence) were so excited about all of the ideas they have together that they have to shove too many into each song.  But instead of feeling overstuffed with ideas that were better left on the cutting room floor, Hair is surprisingly coherent.  Segall is the better known of the two, and he holds down rhythm guitar and drums, but Presley on bass and especially electric guitar is the real star of this album, dropping psychedelic freakouts into the middle of poppy jangle rock numbers.

Ty Segall & White Fence - "I am Not a Game"

Ty Segall & White Fence - "The Black Glove/Rag"

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