As the reigning
prince of the West Coast garage movement,
Ty Segall is nuttily prolific, and
his newest album, Twins, might be his
most cohesive and infectious work yet.
This fuzzed-out slab of bubblegum glam
punk manages to distill Cheap Trick,
the Beatles, Redd Kross, and the Hollies
into a magnetically catchy and muscular
Molotov cocktail of power pop.
For all its primal power, Twins is
beautifully arranged and well written.
The grinding fuzz on “Thank God for
the Sinners” is one of the most ferocious
and delicious guitar tones of the year. On
“Ghost,” Segal uses slap-back vocals in a
nod to the Plastic Ono Band and fellow
Frisco art-garagists Sic Alps, achieving
a pop-punk synthesis of Lennon and
Sex Pistols that a young Oasis probably
heard in their dreams.
Segall borrows liberally, if tastefully,
from the past. Hilariously, he nicks
moves from The Stooges “No Fun” not
once, but twice—first on the loping
drums of “Love Fuzz” and then in the
intro to “Who Are You?”—before aping
the maraca spazzery of Murphy and the
Mob’s “Born Loser.”
As petty thievery goes, it’s killer stuff.
But there’s plenty of fiery, original inspiration
and top-shelf tunes on Twins—
and no shortage of hints that, before
he’s done, Segall may carve out a classic
sound entirely his own.—Charles Saufley
Must-hear track: “The Hill”