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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CD Review: Ty Segall's "Melted"

Posted By on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 11:27 AM

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Last year, Ty Segall had his name on at least seven releases--on nearly the same number of record labels. And that's not counting his side-projects. He's prolific, due in part to the fact that he has a relatively simple, tried, and true method to his music. His latest album, Melted, doesn't stray from that formula.

Melted is over in a half-hour flat. In that time, he playfully riffs on the subjects of girls, Coca-Cola, doing drugs, and more girls, his vocals run through an echo box. In the background, fuzzy guitars screech from what sounds like whatever blown speaker happened to be near the four-track recorder at the time.

The title track, "Bees," and "Mike D's Coke" are more interesting than the usual garage rock fare, and a lot of the songs sound completely off the cuff in the lackadaisical way they just start and stop. Other times, Segall aims for a real single--fleshing out a solid verse and chorus structure for potential hits like "Sad Fuzz," "My Sunshine," and "Girlfriend." Segall also occasionally adds to his trusted song structure with weird electronics, or flute and piano sounds. But overall, he's released 11 more songs of straightforward, by-the-books garage rock in typical lo-fi fashion.

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