Review: Joy by Ty Segall and White Fence

Joy by Ty Segall and White FenceThis album runs at a near thirty minutes, but Joy – the latest collaborative effort between Ty Segall and Tim Presley, aka White Fence – is both efficient and packed. It sounds like they’ve fused themselves even further, and in this record, while you can still pick out which moments are Ty’s and which are Tim’s, they better manage to anticipate each other and complement each other – and all in songs that, save for one, run an average of just a minute and a half. Efficient, yes. Rushed, no. Everything builds up and yet stays individual, which honestly just blows my mind a bit: there are genre shifts and there are things that shouldn’t work at a really short length, but then it does. Joy feels chaotic, but at the same time, it feels deliberate. It feels whole. It sees Ty and Tim’s tendencies compressed and yet flourishing. It is an album of some contradictions. You just wouldn’t sense it like that. [NB]4/5

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