By this point, you’re either into Ty Segall or you’re not. Now with ten solo LPs, plus at least another ten as part of a constant stream of side projects and collaborations (all in not much more than a decade), the prolific garage rocker (who is still, let it be noted, only 30) has become a fully-fledged cult hero.
Within this never-ending cycle of new material, there is, of course, a spectrum. On 2012 stand-out ‘Twins’ we largely got Glam Ty. With side project Fuzz, we saw Hard Rawking Ty. On 2013’s ‘Sleeper’, he went all Acoustic Psych-Folk Ty.
And while ‘Freedom’s Goblin’ doesn’t exactly blow the doors off of his usual sound, it’s a solid addition to the canon that rattles between all corners of this self-made niche. From melodic psych lilts (‘Cry Cry Cry’) to vicious garage punk (‘Meaning’) to playful silliness (a rather excellent cover of Hot Chocolate’s ‘Everyone’s A Winner’), the Cali legend flits between his various personalities while still keeping true to the man at the centre. Identity firmly cemented, now Ty’s just having fun within it.
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An album steeped in killer rhythms.
He’ll be playing albums in full.
It’s not Ty’s version of the song - it’s him exploring the collective psyche of each track and re-assembling them.
There’s much to savour here, and plenty to pass on as well.