Ty Segall is prolific and nicely unsettled as a songwriter. Twins, his third LP this year, pulls together every style he's played with on the last few records in a way that makes it feels like home base for Segall.
Within just 12 tracks of typically short songs, he covers a lot of ground. “You're The Doctor” sounds especially surf-punky in a twisted way, like the beachy riffs have been antagonized to the point of snarling. Then there's “In Your Heart” -- a gothic scorcher of very few words and aggressive guitar solos that eventually descend into screeching cacophony. “Who Are You” is heavy '70s psych rock, but it's followed by “Gold On The Shore,” which sticks out for it's decidedly inoffensive sounds -- happily strummed acoustic guitar and pleasant, pop rock vocal harmonies.
Somehow, Twins holds together as an album. Segall isn't so much hopping from style to style as he is veering off in different directions. The shifts aren't even sudden or forceful enough to cause whiplash. When the hard rock nugget of “Would You Be My Love” slowly squeals to a stop and the hazy slow-burner “Ghost” groans into existence, it feels completely right.
And not only does it hold together, but it isn't tiring to listen to. The assault of distorted guitars, clattering drums and snarling vocals is broken up by moments of quiet and loveliness. “Gold On The Shore” is a whole two minutes and 36 seconds of peace, but there are smaller cases too. “The Hill” opens with airy vocals from Thee Oh Sees' Brigid Dawson, and her harmonies keep the song a little lighter throughout. Even “Love Fuzz” -- unsurprisingly not letting up on the fuzziness -- leans more on a hook than on drawing something slightly insane out of a guitar.
Maybe not taking a bold stand in one genre makes Twins a little less stunning than other recent albums from Segall, but the confident strutting between styles is just as satisfying.
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