Ty Segall’s “Manipulator” is the most fun you’ll have all year

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With heavy measures of psychedelia and sonic breathlessness, singer and songwriter Ty Segall has evoked a new California dream with “Manipulator.”

From the first notes, an effervescent 60s vibe bubbles to the top. At 17 tracks, “Manipulator” is massive, yet light as air to listen to.
Frothy layers of guitar give songs an anthem-rock feel, while Segall’s vocals rely heavily on the influence of Blur and Suede. Segall’s falsetto lends a sort of aristocratic rock bravado to the entire product, all while making the music extremely likeable and accessible.
At 27, Segall has already released eight solo albums, even though he only began his solo career in 2008. Besides his own band, Segall is also a member of Fuzz, Sic Alps, the Perverts and others. He’s known for melding all sorts of genres, from garage rock to glam to space rock to psychedelic rock, around the corner and back again. And he does it all as if he’s at the top of his game — and everyone else’s, too.
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Ty Segall. Photo by Denee Petracek

On “Tall Man Skinny Lady,” fuzzy reverb and lo-fi noise are supporting characters for upbeat flashes of acoustic brilliance.
The wacky, sonic “The Connection Man” happily takes a cue from an unnamed early Beck tune with reckless abandon.
Segall’s bold fuzz guitar leads “The Singer” into a delicious Beatles-Bowie mash-up that’s all his own.

But 70s rock is also not far from Segall’s mind.
“The Hand” recalls Neil Young in its classic-rock acoustic channels, while “The Clock” offers an intricate and rich acoustic tapestry fit to drape any Led Zeppelin song. The clever addition of strings brings the song into the now, like a perfect psychedelic puzzle of musical eras.
While the album leans strongly on psychedelia, Segall is still forging his own path, seamlessly merging genres. Segall now has the ability to reach more of the masses as he traverses this new chromatic landscape using garage rock and alternative undertones.
The fire continues to burn for Ty Segall, and with that passion he’s conjured the perfect psychedelic-garage-rock potion.
“Manipulator” was out Aug. 26 on Drag City.
Dig it or Ditch it: Dig it.

Here’s the rest of Segall’s upcoming tour dates…

Wed. Sep. 3 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

Thu. Sep. 4 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace

Fri. Sep. 5 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outside

Sat. Sep. 6 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s

Sun. Sep. 7 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone

Mon. Sep. 8 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

Tue. Sep. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl [2 shows]

Wed. Sep. 10 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (FSU)

Thu. Sep. 11 – Miami, FL @ The Stage

Fri. Sep. 12 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem (Skatepark of Tampa)

Sat. Sep. 13 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre

Sun. Sep. 14 -Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Mon. Sep. 15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Wed. Sep. 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Thu. Sep. 18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Fri. Sep. 19 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Sat. Sep. 20 – Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal at Club Soda

Sun. Sep. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

Mon. Sep. 22 – Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes

Tue. Sep. 23 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

Wed. Sep. 24 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

Thu. Sep. 25 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

Fri. Sep. 26 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

Sat. Sep. 27 – Salt Lake city, UT @ Urban Lounge

Sun. Sep. 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar

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