Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Drag City Presents: Ty Segall - "Susie Thumb" (Manipulator video sampler)

In all honesty, I've never really been all that into Garage-Psych Rock man-machine Ty Segall and his various projects, but I know he puts out quality material at a pretty consistent rate. While I don't personally own any of his countless records, I did in fact try to get a copy of his Record Store Day exclusive, Ty-Rex EP a few years ago to no avail. Segall is currently readying his first LP since last year's marathon three-album release schedule (Sleeper, Gemini, and Fuzz); "Manipulator [features] Ty's helium-cooled vocals, sounding more powerful and dynamic than ever, and many sounds in the mix, but most of all, SO many guitars!" reads a rather disjointed Drag City press release. Seattle-based radio station KEXP 90.3 FM premiered a download-able stream of album track, "Susie Thumb," one of 17 tracks culled from the nearly hour-long record, which supposedly took Ty Segall almost a full month to record to tape. Tom Breihan over at Stereogum fittingly described it as "a chunky and fired-up riff-beast with some snotty, glam-rocky falsetto from Segall," which pretty much hits all the sonic nails on the head; upon initially hearing "Susie Thumb" on my break at work Monday morning, I soon thereafter Tweeted, "this is so funky, my brain's turned to mush... and I like it! ha." It's almost impossible to pre-judge an entire album off one lone track, but "Susie Thumb" is without a doubt heavily indebted to 1970-80's era guitar-infused Funk-Rock akin to Average White Band, Parliment-Funkadelic, T. Rex, whom Segall covered on his Ty-Rex EP's, or even Prince & The Revolution. Manipulator will become available on Drag City this upcoming August 26th, but it's currently available for pre-order in a number of audio formats that're reasonably priced from $8-25.00.

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