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Ty Segall - First Taste

CD: £8.99

Label: Drag City

Release date: 02.08.2019

LP: £21.99

Label: Drag City

Release date: 02.08.2019

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‘First Taste’ is an introspective set after the extroversions of ‘Freedom’s Goblin’ - yet just as steeped in party beats somehow, even as Ty trails through his back pages, reflecting on family, re-encountering pasts, anticipating futures. Feeling, like it was the first time, the duplexity of core truths. Lines of struggle wind through the songs. “My life is a mystery / I’d look inside but I can’t see,” as one goes - and yet, such promisingly oblique reflections act to unravel the onion, lifting the veil. Ty skates through oneness, self-esteem, the parents - all the joys of a rain-filled childhood - while reaching outward in the here and now, feeling for a shared pulse. To go on, we need to feel it. This production is insane, far out, stranger than known, tones and rhythms that expand before our ears. These colours are weird. Together, they float like a flag, flashing binary lines like sirens to our eyes. There’s tons of drums and acoustic things of all kinds. Horns, synth pads. Boiling overtime, Ty’s creative juices suggested that ‘First Taste’ be written and executed with some radical new instrumentation - koto, recorder, bouzouki, harmonizer, mandolin, saxophones and brass, voices and sure, a sprinkling of keys. And the drumkit(s!), a position Ty occupies whenever it’s heard on the left speaker, while Freedom Band drummer Charles Moothart plays the kit on the right side. Those two get down together. Whatever the mood is, the pedal is pushed cleanly to the metal - and that means to the max of the lightest ballads ever, or through the most raging rocks yet. Ty’s vocal prowess, always a highlight, sits in fresh relief against his mutant orchestra, spooling tension through some of his most patient songs, his feral scream in complete control. Taking us through it. ‘First Taste’ is arch, full of high-energy jams, with a thing in each mix always insistently different. Ty’s song design’s all over the place - not even a surprise anymore - but unlike the freewheeling feast style of ‘Freedom’s Goblin’, these twelve numbers form a tightly revolving cycle of song and sound that focuses thoughts.

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