Ty Segall - Manipulator


Drag City



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Lo-fi musician Ty Segall first garnered public acclaim as the lead singer of Orange County, CA, garage rock revivalist band the Epsilons. With that band, he practiced a rawer, snottier take on Strokes/Vines/White Stripes-style rock, occasionally delving into more retro territory. On his solo album, Lemons, however, Segall delivered a much more traditional sound, studiously re-creating '60s guitar tones and drenching his tracks in old-school reverb.

Here he returns on the Drag City label with Manipulator. And it's fully loaded, with everything that Segall (and you and me) are gonna need in the world to come.

Writes AllMusic: "With 2014's Manipulator, he's delivered one of his most satisfying fusions of pop songcraft and rock & roll snazz. The album opens with the title song, a glorious Brian Wilson homage built around vintage keyboards, but on most of the tracks, Segall's guitars take center stage, and while the expected buzzy chaos is still a major part of his sound, the acoustic textures of 'The Clock' and 'Green Belly,' and the dueling electric/acoustic lines on 'Don't You Want to Know (Sue),' show that his picking can be neat and precise when he wants it to be (and the former suggests he's been listening to his old T. Rex albums).

"When Segall does stomp on the fuzzbox and let rip on rave-ups like 'The Crawler' and 'It's Over,' he's still capable of making his guitar howl like a wounded dinosaur, but the songs here rely far less on lo-fi noise, and the potent grooves of 'Mister Main' and the string-laden melodies of 'Stick Around' are '70s-style wonders, not dependent on 21st century noise to connect. Ultimately, it's the chunky, elemental melodies of numbers like 'The Singer' and 'Feel' that make Manipulator so satisfying, and the production is just dirty enough to make the most of Segall's guitars, while still allowing the finer details of the performances to shine through.

"Manipulator is a reminder that Ty Segall knows his rock & roll, but he knows a lot more than just that, and this '70s-inspired madness results in one of Segall's best and most pleasurable efforts to date."

1. Manipulator
2. Tall Man Skinny Lady
3. The Singer
4. It’s Over
5. Feel
6. The Faker
7. The Clock
8. Green Belly
9. The Connection Man
10. Mister Main
11. The Hand
12. Susie Thumb
13. Don’t You Want To Know? (Sue)
14. The Crawler
15. Who’s Producing You?
16. The Feels
17. Stick Around

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