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Ty Segall


12" LP

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If there was ever any question whether Ty Segall was at his creative peak, Sleeper, his tenth studio album in five years, should put any doubts to rest. Perhaps his biggest departure, this outing abandons his usual style of quick and scuzzy lo-fi rock tunes, and finds the artist dipping his brush straight into a neo-psych palette of dreamy acoustic songs firmly indebted to the late '60s British folk recordings of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and the Kinks. Minus the muscle,Segall's songs still manage to pack an emotional powerful punch due to a thick undercurrent of sentimentality and nostalgia. Jay Reatard's stripped acoustic numbers and the retro-stylings of Brian Jonestown Massacre bear some similarities to Segall's new face; but cleanly recorded in a wide open studio with hot ribbon mikes to capture all the blemishes, the uniqueness of his musical voice is undeniable. There is no trashy fuzz to hide behind. In fact, it's only on song four ("The Man Man") that distorted guitars even come into play. Most are simply built with an acoustic and layered strings and vocals, with the occasional foot stop or tambourine hit for percussion. Heartfelt unplugged compositions like "She Don't Care" are bound to send chills up spines with its cooing chorus of falsetto harmonies, and raise awareness that he is anything but a mere garage rocker. A full, concentrated album of ballads may seem startling even for die-hard fans, not just because the new full-on singer/songwriter mode is such a departure, but also because of how beautifully weary and evocative his songs tend to be when he allows a glimpse at his unplugged intimate side.


Five short years into the TY SEGALL expedition, we re farther and farther out with each and every record. And to every record, a tour or three or four. But enough with the endless noise! Let Ty feel the wind though his hair this year! Time is short and life is precious. It s already sorted that the boy s of two minds; they come lightning-bright and thunder-dark. Either way you slice it (his brain), a storm is brewing as the hemispheres clash together and the songs pour forth. For Ty, coming down off the Twins trip was twice as far as it ever had been before, and in the pools of water and light that stood silently after the gale, he was a changed man. Well, the same young man, really but different too in the days between then and now, naturally, and with more changes and big jumps ahead. A plan quickly evolved: before he checked out of his SF Mission digs and headed down the coast for a new way of life, Ty fired up the machines, hit play and wrung a last helping of blood from his rock, creating a new set of songs to translate his mind-current. Between two minds, between two places, beyond Twins, Sleeper envisions a world of haves and have-nots, but the currency that separates them is psychic. Class is determined by where your head goes and Ty puffs the pied pipe, leading you back to what you forgot you knew. Sleeper is Ty-fi, for sure, but it s not that different from this world we live in. It s a hard-knock existenz, but there s plenty tenderness to try, and the trip is crafted especially to fit in your ears and sail down the canals deep into your skull. The acoustics expand upon contact, creating new shapes for you to fill inside yourself over the full-length of a true album-length entertainment. With Sleeper, Ty Segall explores your mind, coming through his own head to slip inside with thought sharing. Ty engineered this one from beginning to end, and his ultimate sonics were accessed with a freaky hand and an instinct for what makes something perfect. Sleeper flows more colors than ever before through your mind s eye, pushing the walls of the universe out just a micron further, making everything heavier and lighter all at once, to allow for one moment that will live forever.

Additional Information

Artist Ty Segall
Track Listing 1 Sleeper - 3:55 2 The Keepers - 3:42 3 Crazy - 2:28 4 The Man Man - 3:17 5 She Don't Care - 3:50 6 Come Outside - 4:34 7 6th Street - 2:55 8 Sweet C.C. - 3:36 9 Queen Lullabye - 4:21 10 The West - 3:15

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