Prolific Garage Rock Hero's New 2017 Self-Titled Album (2008 Debut Also Called Ty Segall)
The new self-titled record – the next record after Emotional Mugger, Manipulator, Sleeper, Twins, Goodbye Bread, Melted, Lemons, and the first self-titled album that started it up in the now distant year of 2008 – is a clean flow, a wash of transparency falling into a world that needs to see a few things through clearly, to their logical end. It's got some of the most lobe-blasting neckwork since the Ty Segall Band's Slaughterhouse (2012), but it also features a steep flight of fluent acoustic settings, as Ty Segall's new songs range around in their search for freedom without exorcism, flying the dark colors high up the pole in an act of simple self-reclamation.
The construction and destruction of his chosen realities has, until now, been a luxury Ty has rightfully reserved for himself, striping overdubs together to form the sound – but for this new album, he entered a studio backed by a full band – Emmett Kelly, Mikal Cronin, Charles Moothart and Ben Boye – to get a read on this so-called clarity. This leads to a new departure in group sound, as well as some of the most visceral and penetrating vocal passages yet heard from Segall.
"Freedom/Warm Hands" puts the "sweet" back into suite; "Orange Color Queen" is a supreme moment of tenderness; "Talkin'," a roots-infused truth-attack. "Papers," looks behind the doors of Ty's process; "Break A Guitar" is a brutal fun-fest pitched to the back of the house. Ty keeps you guessing, bracing your skin with a welcome astringency, seeking to stem the bleeding with chunks and splashes of guitar, tight beats, audio-verité toilet smashes, a Wurlitzer electric piano in a jam, blazing harmonies, and lots of songs to sing. There's no concept beyond that; finding the right places to be is a momentary thing. Ty Segall is the sum of his songs – and about getting the free. The free to be!