TY SEGALL & WHITE FENCE play Horseshoe on May 12. See listing. Rating: NNNN
Ty Segall sounded more restrained on his last record, the mellow (for him) Goodbye Bread. On his latest, he's taken another departure by hooking up with like-minded psychedelic soul spirit White Fence (aka sometimes Darker My Love/Strange Boys guitarist Tim Presley), and the result is an uninhibited slice of Nuggets-style garage pop that's an absolute blast.
People sometimes over-focus on Segall's crunch and fuzz to the point of overlooking his concise, melodic songcraft, but there's a looseness to Hair that sacrifices some of his economical punk mode in favour of White Fence's more hippified arrangements. (Dig the way Scissor People unexpectedly morphs into a tempo-shifting noise jam toward the end.)
Much of Hair sounds like it was made in a single acid-fuelled jam session, albeit by two prolific, zoned-in whiz kids at the top of their game. It's not particularly deep, but it's energetic, buoyant, fun and more than a little infectious.
Top track: I Am Not A Game