San Francisco pop/punk/prog/psych rocker Ty Segall is establishing his name as one of the hardest working people in music, releasing his seventh studio album (Manipulator) in as many years. Unlike his previous releases, which have tended to be created in a rush of creative fervour over the course of a few weeks, Segall spent a over a year writing and recording this album, his first double LP. The result is a more polished and refined work, swapping some of Ty’s trademark fuzzy sound for early 70’s glam rock infused production. Ty made this clear stating that he wanted to make a “(Tony) Visconti sounding album”, emulating the legendary producer of acts such as T. Rex and David Bowie. Segall was able to achieve this with help of co-producer Chris Woodhouse, who has worked with other big names in the California garage scene, such as Thee Oh See’s and Tim Presley of White Fence. Blown out acoustic guitars, catchy falsetto hooks and the incorporation of wider array of instruments makes for a more rehearsed form of Segall’s creative vision.
The title track bubbles forth with this new image of Ty’s music, while “The Faker” resemble the more lively, distorted Ty of old. This is achieved through the collaboration with the members of his touring band and the Slaughterhouse LP, Mikal Cronin, Charles Moonheart and Emily Rose Epstein. The tracks “Clocks” and “Stick Around” feature acoustic lead guitars, with accompanying string sections to boot. With these, Ty has been able to build on some of elements of his sound that he began developing on his last album Sleeper. Manipulator represents a synthesis of Segall’s work to date and is an essential addition to his ever-expanding collection of garage rock masterpieces.
Ty will be touring this fall for the new album, and stops in Montreal on September 20th and Toronto on the 21st. He will be joined by the badass girls garage group La Luz.