Monday, 25 June 2012

Journey into Tyme

Hey you lot, I'd like to welcome myself back to this page after a sustained period of abstinence. There's been two reasons for my relative silence. 1) I've been busy and 2) I've been uniformly uninspired by most of the new music released this year.

However, i like this... a lot

Ty Segall's been dancing around my consciousness for a few years now, but this record has made me sit up and take notice properly. For a cheap comparison (my stock in trade) Segall could be a bit like the new Jack White (at the stage when John Peel proclaimed The White Stripes were "The most exciting thing since Jimi Hendrix.”) A serious underground hype is building up, due to everything he releases is at least interesting if not mostly excellent, coupled with the fact he seems to be releasing a record every month at the moment. Here's one that's out this week:

The first video was a track from the 'Hair' album he recorded with White Fence. White Fence actually being just one man, Tim Presley, who might be better known as being a part of The Strange Boys, who's Be Brave single from a few years ago was a corker. White Fence are right up my street, indulgent, noisy, (impossibly) lo-fi, nuggets-obsessed stoners (i imagine) who swap studio polish for inspiration and end up sounding at times like tracks leaked from Syd Barrett's stay at the institution.


Just to make things even more confusing, bass player for Ty Segall's band, Mikel Cronin brought a rather fine album out himself last year

But it's Segall who the smart money's on busting through to the mainstream in the near future, apparently you lucky people on the other side of the pond currently have the opportunity to see him playing with the (incredible) Thee Oh Sees on tour at the moment, you'd possibly have to be insane not to get there now.