The US West Coast has recently seen a re-emergence of fuzzy psych-tinged garage laced with sweet melody. The ultra-prolific Ty Segall, who’s already promised three more albums this year, here teams up with fellow one-man band White Fence, aka Tim Presley, for an album that sounds all the better for its (presumably) speedy turnaround.
Neither musician sacrifices their sound anywhere here, but the duo work so well together that at points you could be listening to a Nuggets gem. Donovan, T.Rex and even The Monks hang heavy on Hair’s “sound”, but that’s not to underplay the off-the- cuff songwriting that flows out. Easy Ryder could have been lifted directly from Ty’s slower but no less addictive Goodbye Bread of last year, lilting and undulating behind its wall of home-produced fuzz. Chord progressions are simple but effective, lyrics mildly lysergic and the effects pedal is king.
Segall remains a contrary prodigy – he’s recently claimed to be making an album of “Finnish heavy metal”, and taster single Spiders would seem to confirm this – but no matter. Get onboard with this collaboration and catch him live if you can, as it makes perfect sense onstage.