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TY SEGALL

TY SEGALL

Ty Segall has never lacked the ability to venture into unknown territory, frequently redefining his sound with a whole concoction of new peculiar flavours. Bringing the extra into the extraordinary, Segall continually unravels the fabric of reality and re-pieces its elements back together in ways which one might have typically thought to be unfitting. His previous records, specifically Emotional Mugger, all waver between different levels of absurdity, but this new record hones in with a sound which is perhaps much closer to home, calling to mind the resonance of a typical grungey, garage band.

 

With a habit of always being unexpected, Segall’s ninth studio album continues to surprise; however, not in it’s usual course of being freakishly outlandish and unpredictable. This new record plays with reality in a way which is obvious yet inviting; a refreshing wash of transparency, as it falls into a world that needs to see a few things through clearly, to it’s logical end. To help bring forward this new so-called clarity, Segall has waved goodbye to the world of solitary overdubbing, as for this new album, he enters a studio backed by a full band - Emmett Kelly, Mikal Cronin, Charles Moothart and Ben Boye. 

 

’Thank You Mr. K’ sees a sound fitting for any runaway, punk rebel, easily reminiscent of the Ramones, with a playful beat and chugging guitar. ‘The Only One’ holds a sluggish bluesy rhythm and ‘Freedom’ calls to mind the same twangy vocal tone of David Bowie’s ‘Suffragette City’.

 

Amidst the fun, ferocious riffs and upbeat rhythms, there are even defined moments of vulnerability, with gentler, tender melodies such as ‘Talkin’ and ‘Orange Color Queen’, reflecting notions of honesty with a more straight forward approach to his usual eccentrically devised songwriting. ‘Take Care (To Comb Your Hair)’, the romantic and wholesome track with a similar introduction to The Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’, is one unmissable highlight on the album, starting with delicate acoustic, guitar, flourishing into optimistic strums and a cheerful chorus. 

 

Ty Segall’s influences are definitely more prominent within this album, giving a firm nod to a broad selection of artists; David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and heavier bands such as Black Flag. His T. Rex influence is especially noticeable within the first track ‘Break A Guitar’ through the thick, heavily distorted electric guitar and rich layered sound.

 

Expect a wide spectrum of sounds, from manic rhythms to cathartic melodies, blazing harmonies, a Wurlitzer electric piano in a jam and even an audio-verite toilet smash - for what is a Ty Segall album without a little eccentricity?