Reviewed by: Lexi Bissonnette
After a strong year of three releases in 2012, Ty Segall releases Sleeper. This is his first and only 2013 release. Filled with both Segall and other actors, the songs predominately feature Segall and a slight country vibe with the acoustic guitar bringing the vast majority of the sound. But also strong ear catching sounds from the drums that help to draw you in when you hear the tracks begin.
“Sleeper” opens with a low whistle that blends into the strumming of a guitar and quickly brings in the vocals. A great track to start the album because it seems to mix all the sounds together- though, it’s a bit of a strange mix to hear his voice overlain so many time. “The Keepers” changes tempo a bit, retaining the soulful quality but removing some of the eeriness invoked prior. “Come Outside” is perhaps the strongest track on the album. The vocals are still holding a touch of the eeriness but the sound of the acoustic guitar is beautiful and the lyrics are more insightful than some of the others on the album.
While having a country edge, the album also has an eerie vibe that I can’t quite explain where it comes from, simply that it’s there. However some of the sounds in the album are a bit raw and appear to be rushed, but his vocals compensate nicely and even blend in a way with the instrumental sound.
Ty is currently touring for his new release and he’s bringing a few good musicians with him- Charles Moothart on drums and electric guitar, Sean Paul Presley on acoustic guitar and Andre Luttrell on electric bass.