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May 24, 2012

The Prolific Release Cycle of Tireless Ty Segall

by @thoughtontracks

Have you ever felt like a musician had a pulse on the emotions that make your musical tastes tick? With each subsequent release that musician appears able to solidify his spot in your rotation and gradually expand his influence. In order to qualify for this sort of position, the musician is often a habitual releaser.  The best-case scenario is that this artist has at least an album and an EP every year for at least three years.  The music liberates, resonates, and then before the listener can ask for another they are rewarded with more. Ty Segall releases music at the relentless pace that I wish all of my favorite artists operated under. He is a rich product of Rock and Roll and he lacks an expiration date.

Ty Segall is known, but under valued.  Hailing from the San Francisco area, Segall has become known for his emphasis on a distorted guitar sound that bellows out of his amplifier while humming in the lowest fidelity possible.  He is best placed as a product of the garage rock revival of the early 2000’s.  It would not be uncommon for someone to stumble into a room where a Segall album was being played and mistake one of his solos for that of Jack White.  Segall is able to add a layer of psychedelic rock on top of most of his songs to emulate a Small Faces meets White Stripes appeal.  A hard working musician that deserves attention for not only his previous work, but also what he has set out to do in 2012.

Ty Segall produces at a faster rate than OctoMom.  Since 2008, he has released 8 LPs, 9 45s/EPs, 6 split 45s/EPs, and 4 compilations.  This man is truly dedicated to producing new music and keeping his sound fresh.  While some might argue that this insane release schedule might water down the music, I would admit that this is how he keeps me interested.  Since my introduction to Ty Segall on Melted in 2010, I have been captivated by his approach.  He delivers a rugged slew of sounds that are offered to listeners on an annual basis.

Ty Segall partnered with White Fence (Tim Presley) to release Hair in late April of this year.  They delivered an eight-track musical brainteaser that relies heavily on the deep guitar melodies that I have grown to love.  Tracks like “Scissor People” cut right to the core. The song offers muffled lyrics paired with a screaming guitar melody, fitting comfortably in the Segall catalog.  An obscure transition involving fast drums and radical tone changes closes this song with mystery.  It might take the new listener a while to sync in, but for long time Segall supporters will feel at home.

Ty Segall is set to bring us his second full length of the year in Slaughterhouse on June 26. This never settle attitude that has lured me into Ty Segall as an artist.  Sometimes these musical connections happen naturally. Other times distortion enters, and the rest is impossible for me to avoid.  Listen to Ty Segall’s first single “ Wave Goodbye” of his upcoming release and see if it makes sense to you.

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Written by Brett McGrath

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