IN THE RED
Ty Segall, where have you been? It feels like ages since we’ve seen you last. Just kidding, you’re always around. LA’s busiest guitar shredder is back behind the drum kit again for a second album with his side project Fuzz, in which guitarist/singer Charles Moothart and bassist/singer Chad Ubovich occupy more of the center stage. But while Segall is used to receiving critical acclaim for his own work, Moothart and Ubovich’s contributions make II deserving of attention in its own right. While it’s a less urgent and energetic album than the garage band’s first record, that’s simply an indication that the guys are more comfortable playing with each other. They might even be too comfortable, with the album’s fourteen tracks clocking in at over an hour long. “Let It Live” is perhaps their most laid-back jam yet, with Moothart’s mod-era vocals drooling over a mostly single-note guitar ditty, Ubovich’s lumbering bass, and Segall’s soft sprinkle of percussion. Bigger and louder isn’t always better, and it’s impressive that such a young band has already figured this out.