Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy [Album Review]

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Ty Segall & White Fence
Drag City Records [2018]

Fire Note Says: Joy shows a mature growth and spotlights that Ty Segall and White Fence are two artists which are still on the creating edge of indie rock.

Album Review: Much has happened since 2012 and the last time Ty Segall and White Fence got together for their debut Hair. Joy brings the two talented artists of Segall and Tim Presley back together for their own brand of indie rock that runs the spectrum of foot tappers, experiments and flute!

If you have been following both Segall and Presley’s career then you are well aware that they do not make the same album twice and have went down all different roads since 2012. Segall always brings something unique to the turntable be it the punk of his group GØGGS, the harder crashing sounds of FUZZ or his solo indie rock output that includes this year’s opus Freedom’s Goblin. Presely not only has his White Fence moniker that released several albums since 2012 but also his Avant pop collaboration with Cate Le Bon, DRINKS, and his even more out there moniker and album W-X. We also can’t forget that he released a solid solo record under his own name as well in 2016.

All of these past experiences lead us to Joy. The record moves well beyond their debut’s more straightforward garage rock meets The Beatles and pulls from both Ty and White Fence’s love for different. For every track like the strong strummer “Please Don’t Leave This Town” that has an expected and satisfying sound and the acoustic beauty of closer “My Friend,” you get the crazy noise space rock in the under two-minute “Other Way,” a short 17 second burst of drums that is “Prettiest Dog” and the 28 second “Rock Flute,” whose title describes exactly what it sounds like!

If you have been a fan of Ty and White Fence, Joy will be a fun ride you will want to catch. Like most Segall albums, it will grow on you with repeat listens and there is plenty of new sounds around each corner like the over 5-minute psych jam of “She Is Gold” or when they declare “Rock is dead” in the more theatrical Queen like delivery on “Hey Joel, Where You Going With That?.” Joy shows a mature growth since their debut, Hair, and highlights that Ty Segall and White Fence are two artists that are still on the creating edge of indie rock.

Key Tracks: “Please Don’t Leave This Town” / “Body Behavior” / “My Friend”

Artists With Similar Fire: Oh Sees / Michael Rault / Jack White

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– Reviewed by Christopher Anthony

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