Boomkat Product Review:
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.
"Ty Segall has made whole records that wrestle with realities - fighting against some, pulling mightily to bring others into being. Of late, he’s thrown up his hands and donned clown shoes, dancing merrily in the dual role of oppressed / oppressor. His hands aren’t any more or less dirty than anyone else’s but amidst the thunder and the chaos of theongoing storm, he’s looking for the eye within.
It’s got some of the most lobe-blasting neckwork since the Ty Segall Band’s ‘Slaughterhouse’ (from way back in the long, hot summer of 2012) but it also features a steep flight of fluent acoustic settings, as Ty’s new songs range around in their search for freedom without exorcism, flying the dark colours 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. 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 Ty Segall.
‘Freedom’ / ‘Warm Hands’ puts the ‘sweet’ back into suite; ‘Orange Color Queen’ is a supreme moment of tenderness; ‘Talkin’’ a rootsinfused 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 Segall 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."