Ty Segall - First Taste

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Ty Segall ventures to new musical shores with his latest endeavour First Taste, giving us something we didn't even know we wanted till we heard it.

Ty Segall - First Taste

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Drag City Records

release date

August 2, 2019

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Ty Segall - First Taste

Ty Segall ventures to new musical shores with his latest endeavour First Taste, giving us something we didn't even know we wanted till we heard it.

Moving away from his traditional garage rock and indie vibes on his thirteenth solo album, First Taste is a daring attempt, showing us Ty is comfortable to explore and experiment in order to create something innovative.

The album kicks off with the track 'Taste' which hits you like a Street Fighter glitched sonic-boom to your chest. With the music video directed by Joshua Erkman, starting out similar to The Shoes – 'Time to Dance' music video where we saw Jake Gyllenhaal brutally murder a load of hipsters, here we have Ty himself taking on the serial killer role where he disposes of his victims each time taking an item of clothing as a trophy; upon completing his outfit, Ty then performs a surreal Old-Greg-eerie dance which wins him an actual trophy. Maybe if you read into it the video it could symbolise an artist being influenced by many styles which eventually leads to the creation of Ty’s own style and originality which is the ultimate prize?

'Ice Plant' is a change in pace with a harmonic vocal singing, “Let your love rain down on me”, sounding like a less funky version of Jewel Bass’s funk classic by the same title.

With 'The Fall' Ty reminds us of his rockier side, coming in with what sounds like a cult ritual harmony before whirling you into a tornado of screeching guitars and sonic waves. The drum solo in this track is something to particularly enjoy.

With 'Radio' the vibe shifts to a drone-lead Indian-influenced psychedelic sound, reminiscent of The Beatles after they visited the Maharishi, with Ty seemingly having a more reflective stance on singing, “the light is the truth” giving off a deep thought and spiritual connotations.

Descending into 'Self Esteem' which would not feel out of place soundtracking an Italian psychological thriller directed by Ari Aster, the song begins with a nice drum rhythm before the horns hit you and the sense of urgency descends, as you run from the psycho killer.

Closing off First Taste is 'Lone Cowboy', which is a more upbeat finish than expected, light-hearted sounding acoustic guitar is a calming force, washing over you. The song features more reflective and thoughtful loner-ism lyrics; “We can live on our own / we can breathe all alone,” which brings along more hints of independence and self-discovery, musically “shaping our bones and making them hold takes a long, long time”.

Listening through First Taste you get heavy hints of Ty's journey through his musical career, with a mixture of classic rock side and psychedelia as well as a new, more sonic sound being introduced. The album is a reflective piece of wonder created by an accomplished musician who continues to evolve through his prolific and consistent work, for an artist to produce so much so quickly and keep these high standards is something to admire.

See Ty Segall & Freedom Band at the below tour dates playing albums in full:

09/08/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (plays First Taste + Melted)
16/08/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (plays First Taste + Goodbye Bread)
23/08/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (plays First Taste + Goodbye Bread)
30/08/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (plays First Taste + Emotional Mugger)
06/09/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (plays First Taste + Emotional Mugger)
13/09/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (plays First Taste + Manipulator)
20/09/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (plays First Taste + Manipulator)
27/09/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (plays First Taste + Manipulator)
01/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (plays First Taste + Melted)
02/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (plays First Taste + Melted)
03/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (plays First Taste + Goodbye Bread)
04/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (plays First Taste + Emotional Mugger)
05/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (plays First Taste + Manipulator)
09/10/19 - Paris, FR @ La Cigale (plays First Taste + Melted)
10/10/19 - Paris, FR @ La Cigale (plays First Taste + Manipulator)
11/10/19 - London, UK @ Oval Space (plays First Taste + Melted)
12/10/19 - London, UK @ Oval Space (plays First Taste + Goodbye Bread)
13/10/19 - London, UK @ Oval Space (plays First Taste + Manipulator)
15/10/19 - Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg (plays First Taste + Melted)
17/10/19 - Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat (plays First Taste + Melted)
18/10/19 - Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat (plays First Taste + Manipulator)

Photo by Denée Segall.

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