Music Mondays: Punch Brothers, Ty Segall & White Fence, and Meg Myers

Punch Brothers, Ty Segall & White Fence, and Meg Myers

I hope you’re ready for an adventure because Punch Brothers,  Ty Segall & White Fence, and Meg Myers are about to take you on a journey all over the musical map. Pull on your explorin’ pants and let’s head out!

Punch Brothers: All Ashore

Punch Brothers: All Ashore

First up on our musical odyssey is the fifth full-length album by Punch Brothers, All Ashore. Google dubs their style as Singer-Songwriter, which is laughable. Wiki cites their style as “bluegrass instrumentation and spontaneity in the structures of modern classical” or “American country-classical chamber music.” Think you have their sound figured out? I sure don’t. I was going to say it’s reminiscent of Cracker Barrel on a Sunday morning in Autumn. Then I remembered my disdain for Cracker Barrel and I didn’t want to sully my enjoyment of this album. So let’s call their sound Dusty, Autumn Sunday Morning-esque. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, and fiddle noodle around melodies and structures and viewpoints. It’s simple in its complexities and complex in its simplicity.

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Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy

Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy

The next stop on our trek is a hop to the past. No, we’re not going back to 1986 to save some whales, we’re going further back to the late 60s with your captains Ty Segall & White Fence. Wow, how to describe their latest, Joy. Take The Who’s Tommy and The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and drop it in a blender on pulse for 30 seconds. Scoop out 30 minutes of material and arrange it in album format. The album is literally 15 songs in 30 minutes. I’ve heard others praising it for its trippy psych-rock creativity as well as others condemn it for its length and disjointedness. I prefer to enjoy the quirk and the aural gymnastics that keep me guessing just where a section, riff, or bar comes from in musical history. The Beatles or The Who?

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Meg Myers: Take Me To The Disco

Meg Myers: Take Me To The Disco

Finally, we wind our wanderings not in a place or a time, but in a feeling – a dark, painful, brooding feeling. Meg Myers‘ Take Me To The Disco traverses a darker emotional place. Contrary to what the song titles might lead you to believe, it’s not a slit-your-wrists-sitting-in-a-warm-tub type of thing. There is definitely pain, vulnerability, and an indie rocker’s cry for help. Let’s look at the track listing:

  1. Take Me To The Disco (see, disco, clearly a cry for help)
  2. Numb
  3. Tourniquet
  4. Tear Me To Pieces
  5. Jealous Sea
  6. The Death Of Me
  7. Some People
  8. Done
  9. I’m Not Sorry
  10. Little Black Death
  11. Funeral
  12. Constant

You could understand how on the surface one might find a slit-your-wrists-sitting-in-a-warm-tub vibe. If it turns out this is all angst over cutting her hair so she has bangs now, I’m going to be pissed. I’m joking, of course. However she likes to style her hair, I’ll still enjoy this album.

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