Album Review: Ty Segall Continues His Prolific Output With ‘Three Bells’
If you believe in everything having a natural ebb and flow, then you probably think that an artist’s creative output has at least one dud. Out of all the great things someone can do, there’s always an instance of something being mediocre or subpar. It’s part of the deal when it comes to forging an artistic endeavor, but there are outliers who counteract this particular notion. One of them is Ty Segall, who has put out a ton of music throughout his career as both a solo musician and in a variety of bands. I haven’t heard anything lacking in quality from the Los Angeles based dynamo since I became a fan of his over a decade ago and his 15th studio album Three Bells that came out via Drag City Records today (January 26) moves this trend forward.
At first listen, Segall’s new release builds off of the acoustic foundation of his previous album Hello, Hi that came out back in 2022 while intertwining amplified elements. It’s very reminiscent of his 2014 full-length Manipulator, which is one of my favorites from him. When it comes to a musician like Segall, going back to certain sonic avenues to explore and gather makes for infinite possibilities. He manages to find new ideas while putting them forth into fantastic tunes. You really can’t go wrong with anything from his discography and Three Bells is the latest example.
“The Bell”, “Void”, “Eggman” and “To You” best exemplify how the acoustic tones propel the electric riffs and arrangements as sort of like an audial launching pad. At the same time, there are a few tracks that are full-blown rockers like “My Best Friend” and “Reflections”. A nice balance is struck over the course of listening with a stellar cohesiveness being established. It’s an engaging experience once you plug in and press play. The variety of what gravitates towards the senses is a lot, but it’s all conveyed in succinct fashion.
In my opinion, Ty Segall is one of the most incredible musicians of this current century and I love checking out his music whenever he puts out something new. To dive into a few songs off of this particular album, just click on the link below. It’s an example of how rock & roll still has room to grow despite it being part of the cultural lexicon for over half a century.
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