Ty SegallDrag City
Released: 26th January 2018
Freedom’s Goblin is the new Ty Segall album: 19 tracks strong,
filling four sides of vinyl nonstop, with an unrestricted sense of
coming together to make an album. It wants you to get your head
straight — but first, the process will make your head spin! Back in
the Twins days, we talked about the schizophrenia of Ty’s outlook;
today, it’s super-dual, with loads of realities all folding back on
each other. On any given side, we’re tracking five or six full-blown
personalities, unconcerned with convention or continuity. So drop
the needle — who can say what it’ll sound like where it lands? This
is Freedom’s Goblin — one track engendering, the next one oppressing,
violence up in the mix — a look at everything around that
Ty used to make the songs. What will you use it for when you listen?
The songs came in the flow of the year: days of vomit and days
of ecstasy and escape too, and days between. The rulebook may
have been tossed, but Freedom’s Goblin is thick with deep songwriting
resources, be it stomper, weeper, ballad, screamer, banger
or funker-upper, all diverted into new Tydentities — each one marking
a different impasse, like a flag whirling into a knot, exploding
and burning on contact, in the name of love and loathing.
Freedom’s Goblin wears a twisted production coat: tracks were
cut all around, from L.A. to Chicago to Memphis, whether chilling
at home or touring with the Freedom Band. Five studios were required
to get all the sounds down, engineered by Steve Albini, F.
Bermudez, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and of course, Ty himself.
The goal was getting free, embracing any approach necessary to
communicate new heights and depths, new places for the fuzz to
land among octaving harmonies, dancefloor grooves, synths, saxes
and horns, jams, post-Nicky-Hopkins r’n’b electric piano vibes,
children-of-the-corn psycho-rebellions, old country waltzes and
down-by-the-river shuffles. Basically, the free-est pop songs Ty’s
ever put on tape