Californian garage rocker Ty Segall approaches us with an uncharacteristically slender acoustic tune titled “Orange Coloured Queen” that is a complete 180 from what we heard on his previous album Emotional Mugger. That being said, it’s a welcome change with its raw and intimate introduction featuring Segall harmonizing with himself and a simple strumming pattern over top elegant finger picking.
Slightly before the halfway mark the tune launches into a new dimension equipped with drums and a livelier guitar set. “Orange Coloured Queen” is the first single off Segall’s upcoming self titled album set to release January 27th 2017 via Drag City. In an email interview with NPR he told them:
“This is a love song for my girlfriend, Denée,”
Segall tells NPR Music in an email.
“I’ve written her many, but I think this is my favorite . I travel around the world for a living and have developed a slight fear of flying. She’s one of the things that makes it better for me to travel. Especially when she is with me. She has orange hair, and is my orange color queen. I rarely write songs like this, because it is so easy to sound disingenuous, but I think this one is pretty good. Thanks for listening.”
With this confession, the lyrics begin to make sense and the overall tone of the tune falls into place. Although a change of pace I wouldn’t be upset if the rest of Segall’s upcoming album drifted towards this direction.