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Controlled, rehearsed and polished

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August 15, 2017

“Fried shallots are easy,” reads some press accompanying proli?c American guitarist Ty Segall’s new EP, Fried Shallots.

“Fried shallots are easy,” reads some press accompanying prolific American guitarist Ty Segall’s new EP, Fried Shallots.

“Just heat up the ol’ brain pan and throw ’em in! Short-play chill-and-twist from Ty.” Despite being 19 minutes of “easy” rawk from Segall, it sounds decidedly more polished than much of his recent work.

It continues to outline that all proceeds from the record will go towards the American Civil Liberties Union.

The EP kicks off with Big Man: setting the 1970s-leaning sound to follow, with particularly glam-rockier, high-register vocals than normal, against a way-into-the-red, overdriven rhythm.

And while spacier sound effects than Segall typically deploys, a guitar solo is never far from reach, with riffs getting crunchier and crunchier. Dust is accessible ’90s grunge with clear-signal guitars and barely an ounce of feedback or reverb.

A blood-curdling “duuuuust” (as if a zombie uttering “braaaaaains”) regularly rings out, signalling the guitars to take a more violent, sharper turn.

When The Gulls Turn To Ravens is among a couple of earthier turns here: A backwater, sittin’ on the porch, Neil Young-esque strumalong.

It evokes a smalltown Americana sound from a time before Segall was born. By and large, Fried Shallots sounds controlled, rehearsed and polished.

There are very few loose ends here. Even when a new guitar line comes in during the closing seconds of Is It Real it sounds deliberate.

And while this might come across as less organic than more exploratory previous efforts, there is still plenty of Segall’s excitable shredding to be found within the layers here.

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