Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair
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On Hair, Segall continues this trend toward more nuanced songwriting, this time in collaboration with Strange Boys member Timothy Presley under his solo guise as White Fence. Presley's warped take on '60s popsike and Segall's post-punk songwriter reflectiveness make for a form-fitting combination on Hair's eight hooky nuggets of harmony-heavy, acid-washed pop. Much like some tracks on Goodbye Bread, the influence of John Lennon in his most tripped-out moments is strong on almost every song. "Tongues" is a more disassociated re-imagining of "We Love You" with added fuzz-damaged out-of-control guitar soloing. Sgt. Pepper's-style production is a mainstay of Hair as well, with extreme stereo panning and lots of sounds moving from channel to channel. On standout tracks like "(I Can't) Get Around You" and "Scissor People," the duo finds a balance between Beatlesque ballad and Piper at the Gates of Dawn-style Pink Floyd freakout. Hair represents the best possible outcome of the collaborative record. It's an album neither artist would have made on his own, and each takes the other's presence as license to take risks. It stretches out into freaked-out zones unknown to either of them before.