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Album Review: Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin
Ty Segall's tenth record is befitting of the newfound - and long overdue - recognition the Californian multi-instrumentalist is deservedly receiving
Ty Segall is finally getting the recognition he has deserved for a long time after supporting Queens of the Stone Age and having two albums out in two years. With more UK shows coming up this year, Ty will be touring to promote his newest and eleventh album, Freedom’s Goblin.
“Ty Segall blends elements from his past, and from his many influences such as T-Rex, The Kinks, QOTSA, and Jack White, to create an album under no jurisdiction of any genre or expectation
The album opens with ‘Fanny Dog’, bringing in his familiar style of raw, fuzzy guitar tones, but bringing in elements of jazz from organ solos and a brass section. By incorporating other genres into his work, Ty Segall demonstrates that he is capable of producing any kind of song, switching to a much more soothing ‘Rain’ with a calm piano build up, leading into a song that holds a mainstream feel. However, even this is overridden by Segall’s infamous and recognisable lead guitar parts. What Segall essentially excels at is providing expectations to the listener and then completely throwing them out of the window.
This is what makes Freedom’s Goblin so interesting and exciting for the music industry. Whilst Segall produces songs such as ‘Alta’ and ‘When Mommy Kills You’, relating to much of his prior work, he is also capable of writing a song like ‘Despoiler of Cadaver’. This is one of the standout tracks from the album, sounding more like an 80s dance track with experimental sound effects and synths at work throughout. Over this electronic instrumental, Ty Segall also demonstrates his vocal range, beginning low and sinister like Marilyn Manson before singing higher falsettos, both sounding as strong as each other.
“Segall shows that he is writing for himself, and his fans
Another standout track from the album is ‘She’, where Segall and his band plough through a heavy, intense jam with incredible guitar solo parts, and spectacular organ solos drawing inspiration from both jazz and blues. The same raw guitar tone remains, certainly appropriate for fans of QOTSA and Jack White, but Segall adds elements from other genres, and a carefree attitude towards the song which makes it an exciting product of a solo artist under no restrictions.
The same freedom is felt in ‘Talking 3’ and the final track, ‘And Goodnight’. Segall shows that he is writing for himself, and his fans, rather than for the industry or any corporation that may have an influence within a consumerist based music industry. This is also represented by the amount of songs on the album, hitting nearly twenty. In these nineteen tracks, Ty Segall blends elements from his past, and from his many influences such as T-Rex, The Kinks, QOTSA, and Jack White, to create an album under no jurisdiction of any genre or expectation, which is perfectly represented by its’ name, Freedom’s Goblin.
Freedom's Goblin is out now via Drag City Records. Ty Segall plays Manchester on June 5th - tickets are available here.