Ty Segall and the Freedom Band – Deforming Lobes
Deforming Lobes sees Ty Segall infallibly cement himself as a tyrant of stoner rock: it excites in its furious passion
It's rare for an artist to rerecord pre-existing songs and convince the world that this is the first time they’ve been played. Yet Ty Segall achieves just that on his new album.
Thrusting itself into existence as more than just a set of rerecordings, Segall’s Deforming Lobes stands as a vehement collection of reimagination. With that, he subverts his Californian psych-rock aesthetic – akin to Ariel Pink – to give a more energetic collection of psych-metal. Standing in its nature as a retrospective compilation with shredding bite, Deforming Lobes thrives like a ruminating tribute to Nirvana’s intoxicatingly forceful Incesticide.
Throughout the record, Segall demonstrates the extent of his artistic vision, and the rewards of such a diverse musical career. Performing live faultlessly with the Freedom Band, and allowing the cries of the audience to bleed into the acoustic framework, he subjugates excellence.
Breakfast Eggs becomes something more insidious in its reimagination. Already an ode to addiction in a consumerist society, it's rendered more powerful as the punchy lyrics are interceded in their arbitrary bursts by a camaraderie of sultry riffs, met by the musings of jazz piano in the climax of the track. Segall’s repetition of ‘Candy I want, want your candy’ begs for the track, in its brief immensity, to be played on loop.
Cherry Red crawls across the skin, as Love Fuzz electrifies your being in its punkish immensity. Finger, too, spirals in a frenzy of softcore and savagery. Deforming Lobes sees Ty Segall infallibly cement himself as a tyrant of stoner rock: it excites in its furious passion.
Listen to: Breakfast Eggs, Cherry Red