Ty Segall is a man of unrelenting – almost aggressive – productivity, so after putting out a solo LP in each of the past seven calendar years,
it would’ve been a far bigger shock if he hadn’t released a record in 2015.
Alongside his own ‘Live in San Francisco’ album, comes this second collaborative album with Charles Moothart and Chad Ubovich. Fuzz II
The untrained ear, on first listen, might not discern too dramatic a stylistic
departure from Segall’s solo work on Fuzz II
‘II’, but where last year’s ‘Manipulator’ was a sprawling and highly varied
effort, this album is Fuzz playing it considerably straighter.
It’s a rambunctious effort bursting at the Fuzz II seams with riff-driven jams that seldom actually go anywhere, but – on the likes of standouts ‘Red Flag’
and ‘Bringer of Light’ – are good fun all the same.
Those two tracks succinctly capture both sides of ‘II’; the former’s breakneck and overblown, and the latter’s languid and almost bordering on stoner rock.
The title track – the closer – runs at almost fourteen minutes.
Is ‘II’ indulgent and overblown? Yes. Fuzz II
Entertaining along the way? Definitely.
“At the time, in ’92, Bret needed to take a break from things for a while and that’s about
when I started with other projects like Dub Narcotic Sound System and the Halo Benders thing,” says Johnson.
“So I was doing other things and they were doing other things and we still are. I guess there was an idea of getting back together but it just never happened.
People were getting on with other things.
“It wasn’t a conscious decision, you know? The conscious decision was, let’s take a break for a while.
And then it just never really stopped.
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