Record Review: Ty Segall and White Fence

Ty Segall and White Fence
San Francisco, CA

(Drag City)

“The perfect marriage of hazy, West Coast garage rock and electricity”

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Ty Segall and White Fence (Tim Presley) have joined forces and it is simply excellent. The two California garage scene natives have been icons on their own for years but their new collaboration, Hair, creates something downright mesmerizing. It’s an album that infuses the best of garage and psych rock with hallucinatory tendencies; it’s electrifying and addicting.

Segall wails on the drums and rhythm guitar while Presley takes on the bass and lead guitar. The album has everything one could hope for from a team like this. “Easy Rider” showcases the duo’s signature tendencies for grungy, and at times, distorted noise while “Scissor People” displays some acoustic flare. There is a determination to bring music to its knees with blaring and unrelenting guitars on “I Am Not a Game” and impressive chord progressions sit atop funky, manipulated beats on “Tongues”.

Hair is a jolt of in-your-face, no-holds-barred energy. It’s the merging of two incredibly talented musicians into a singular force to be reckoned with. While Segall and Presley continue to work on their own respective projects, after an album such as this, one can only hope that there will be more collaboration in their future.

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