Goodbye Bread, Ty Segall’s newest album, is the San Francisco garage-rocker’s fifth album since he began his solo career in 2008, but it is anything but rushed. Rather, the album has a surprisingly natural and easy feel to it, especially when compared to his usual rough sound.
The opening title track sets off a slow beat and airy mood that signal that this album is going to show a side of Segall that his previous garage-rock records would lead you to believe doesn’t exist. From the serene tempo to the peaceful lyrics, this is a song that was made for nights in the open air—or for the bathroom at Cake Shop in New York, where he played it for a select few last August. While “Goodbye Bread” signals the shift in style that this album represents, “I Can’t Feel It” builds off of the already determined mellow mood. The track has the kind of all-encompassing, slow-jam chorus that will have crowds swaying back and forth and singing along in a way that is sure to remind you of that time you had an epic “Hey Jude” sing-along with both best friends and total strangers.
From the first beat of “You Make The Sun Fry,” the difference between it and the softer tracks that characterize the album is clear. Segall’s voice takes on a steadier, less emotional rhythm to match the instrumentals, but even here, the low-key feel is never lost amid the fuzzy guitar and lo-fi production. “My Head Explodes” challenges this song in the competition for heaviest track, but both fail in turning Goodbye Bread into an upbeat affair. Their presence is appreciated though as these songs add energy to the album, rather than ruining its mood.
The album’s instrumentals are stripped of any excesses, and the melodies are more tranquil, but the music still manages to maintain a firm grasp on you. Goodbye Bread shows Segall’s calmer side, but the frantic instrumentals, heavy guitar riffs and rough-around-the-edges sound remain, betraying his decidedly harder roots and showing that Segall hasn’t gone totally soft.