“I couldn’t have written a loud, heavy song if somebody had paid me to”.
No way, what’s happened!? I’m sure were the immediate thoughts of Ty Segall fans as the Californian Rock & Roller revealed his album Sleeper. In light of that revelation, anyone that’s followed Ty Segall’s solo work over the past half decade would be forgiven for thinking that the American Lo-Fi lord was in the midst of a midlife crises, religious conversion or, at least, some kind of neurotic torment as, after all, Segall’s trademark sound is one of total, utter pandemonium: a Stooges and Ramones cocktail laced with the energy of a screaming Banshee, certainly not sedated, right?
Well, you wouldn’t be a million miles off the mark as our Track of the Day ‘She Don’t Care’ came off the back of what can only be described as a turbulent year in the life of the singer/songwriter who has overlooked the death of his father and the, equally as sorrowful, estrangement from his mother.
‘She Don’t Care’ and, pretty much the whole of Sleeper, reflects that and has seen Segall swap the electric for the acoustic, the live fast die young for a more sentimental and, in parts, soppy attitude and the powerful punk riffing, synonymous with Segall efforts, for a tranquil psyche/folk forage pertinent to recent events in the song smith’s life but, you know what, it’s makes for wonderful listening.
Obviously the direction Segall took with Sleeper was born out of sadness, confusion and a million other dark emotions yet, it is often through such hardship that musicians can create some of their best work, opening creative channels they never knew existed. Although it’s an undeniable shame the way in which the record has come to fruition, it’s clear that Segall has the ability to tune in to one of these channels and, in my opinion, create one of his finest pieces to date.
Ty Segall will play two shows in Barcelona this weekend, once on the impressive Pitchfork stage in the early hours of Sunday morning, then again at the Apollo venue about twelve hours later.