Ty Segall -‘Twins’ (Drag City).
Twins is actually the third album that Segall has put out this year, following on from records with his band Slaughterhouse and a collaboration with White Fence. Now, at the time of writing I haven’t actually heard those records, but this album is strong enough to make me want to investigate his whole damn back catalogue.
‘The Hill’ was the first track to do the rounds from Twins. The good news is that it’s typical of the spirit of the album, but that the other eleven tracks aren’t rapidly degrading sonic carbon copies. See, Segall has a love of music that incoporates not an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ approach but an understanding of what makes people like The Byrds, Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and The Stooges so special. And he mixes it up, with the end result that it’s a record that’s a delight from its first hearing, and is still revealing surprises several listens down the line.
‘Thank God for sinners’ is the title of the opener, which gets the album off to a cracking start, but really, thank God for Ty Segall. Too good to simply be a cult secret. Please spread the word.
Twins is out now on Drag City