Cook Up Some Good Vibes for A Good Cause with Ty Segall's 'Fried Shallots'
    • TUESDAY, AUGUST 08, 2017

    • Posted by: Annie Brinich


    Ty Segall's music sounds like the soundtrack of a movie where a SoCal surfer gets sent to outer space, becomes a champion rocket ship pilot, and chills with some aliens. Which is very much a movie I would like to watch. Since all the proceeds from his recently released album Fried Shallots go to the American Civil Liberties Union, there's reason to believe that besides making great music, challenging the garage rock genre, and possibly inspiring a future generation of space-surfers, Ty Segall (the person) is as good as Ty Segall (the music). As his independent label, Drag City, puts it:

    the profits from this release will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, whose defense of our rights is badly needed now - especially in the face of the government pigs who are don't care about the constitution and are determined to thin our herd so that they and their corporate sugar-daddies can grow ever fatter off the deprivations of the common man-clan! Don't you let 'em do it!

    Segall's release of this charity album appears to be in sync with Bandcamp's July effort to raise funds for the ACLU, and the company's August 4th pledge to donate 100 percent of their cut of sales to the Transgender Law Center.

    Despite this, none of the five tracks on the album have any apparent political leaning. They're just honest--if sonically distorted--rock n' roll. All the tracks on this album are presumably songs that didn't make it onto the eight albums (eight!) that Segall and his associated projects have released in the last five years. And while they may not have made it onto the many albums Segall has released recently, the songs are as good as any of his recent work, though much more like his 2017 self-titled album than his 2012 album Twins.

    Segall's big noise tracks on Fried Shallots are punctuated by the third song on the album, "When the Gulls Turn to Ravens", a layered acoustic banjo-and-guitar composition that Segall's falsetto accompanies well. It's a nice contrast to the characteristically loud electric guitar over thumping, rhythmic bass in "Big Man", which you can listen to on the album's Bandcamp page before buying the album.

    If you're looking for some classic Ty Segall, look no further than "Is It Real"--the fourth, and very garage-y, song on the digital album. You can expect near-constant cymbals, edgy electric guitar, and accusatory lyrics in a charming, under-produced track. Bringing the short album together is the energetic final track, "Talkin'", for which Segall brings in a sweet, cooing chorus to contrast with his signature distorted guitar.

    A physical version of the LP is also available for pre-order on Drag City's website.
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