Ty Segall - 'Sleeper'
For someone who is constantly recording, 26 year old garage rocker Ty Segall sure does push the boundaries of reinvention. Firstly an introduction to Ty Segall is in order. For anyone who has been living in a Triple J inspired cocoon, Ty Segall is probably the best dude in modern (dare I say alternative?!) music. We only need to examine the ironic nature of his new album “Sleeper” to understand this. He most definitely has not been sleeping. Since 2007, there has been a steady flow of albums each year. Last year alone he released three full length LPs. His hard working nature has naturally positioned him at the forefront of garage music. His repertoire far exceeds anything of similar artists. Furthermore, the variation in sound and production has added to his prolific nature.
“Sleeper” was all about a shift in focus; emotionally, symbolically and stylistically. The electric guitar and distortion pedals were traded in for an acoustic guitar. With this album there was certainly more time to think and reflect. Sleeper is his first album of the year which is strange for Ty’s standards. Dealing with personal issues, he took some time off from touring and focussed on the album. The production process was drawn out and this allowed him to reflect on certain aspects of song writing as well as sound production. This is definitely indicative of the songs produced.
The album was entirely stripped back and the sound was raw, genuine and compelling. From the beginning I waited for the drone and distortion to kick in. Half way through it became clear. This album was probably an indication that although this artist is so prolific, there are still some surprises up his sleeve. He is undoubtedly trying to keep us guessing.
The main change was a focus on sentimental lyrics, as exemplified in “Crazy” where his guitar work peacefully exists in the background. For someone with such a solid body of work behind him, stylistically it is refreshing and impressive to see him succeed in an acoustic/folk setting.
Perhaps the real question after “Sleeper” is what does the future hold for Monsieur Segall?
A lot can be said about this album but I think the most important thing to note is that this album is classic Ty with a twist. His previous albums made me dance around furiously, jumping and singing. This album is calming, oh so chill.