TY SEGALL – ” Harmoniser “

Posted: August 19, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Harmonizer

Ty Segall has a new album titled “Harmonizer” that he has just foisted upon the world. The album, his first since 2019’s great “First Taste”, was made at Ty’s new Haronizer studios and co-produced by Cooper Crain. Members of Ty’s Freedom Band — Ben Boye, Mikal Cronin, Emmett Kelly, and Charles Moothart — all appear on the album, as does Ty’s wife, Denée Segall, who co-wrote two of the songs and sings lead on “Feel Good.” She also shot the album’s cover

The surprise new album Harmonizer which he has also released via Drag City Records. The album sees Segall’s sound continue to evolve into a new and unexpected territory. The album sees him lean further into synth production as well as bets, keyboard textures as well as of course guitars. It’s the first recording of Ty’s to be released from Ty’s newly-completed Harmonizer Studios . It’s his first album in forever (two years)! ty glides smoothly into a wild area with a synthtasm of production redesign, dialling up a wealth of new guitar and keyboard settings.

Again, Segall does what HE likes to do. This unexpected album just came out of the blue without any marketing promo. It’s a characteristic Segall record. Some Black Sabbath styled drones, some fuzzing and buzzing stompers, some hazy psycherazza and his partner Denée singing a track called ‘Feel Good’ (she also wrote the lyrics). Yep, it’s Ty by numbers, but his numbers are as usual pretty good.

A seething statement of emotional austerity, harmonizer enraptures the ear, while enabling ty to cut through dense undergrowth, making groove moves for the body, mind and soul. ty glides smoothly into unexpected territory, right where he likes to find himself! responding to the challenge his new songs gave him: a synthtastic production redesign, Ty kicks back with bottom-heavy creativity, dialling up a wealth of guitar and keyboard settings to do the deed. “Harmonizer” is a glossy, barely-precedented sound for him, and truth, it enraptures the ear — but in Ty’s hands, the sound is also a tool that allows him to cut through dense undergrowth, making for some of his cleanest songs and starkest ideas to date. Harmonizer’s production model couches tightly-controlled beats in thick keyboard textures, with direct-input guitar signal whining and buzzing purposefully from left to right. the Freedom band appear all over the record, but often one at a time, their contributions leaving a distinctive footprint on the proceedings wherever they appear.

Operating in this airtight environment with an eye towards precision, feel, and explosive mass, Ty’s crafted a formidable listening encounter — and once you get between the lines, the need to know more grows more compelling with every song. the thing about closed doors is they need opening again, no matter what happens. you open them and then you can pass through them. and there’s light on the other side. that’s what this album is about. the first recording to be released from Ty’s just-completed Harmonizer studios, Harmonizer benefits from a collaboration with Cooper Crain, who co-produced the album with Ty. the venn diagram of these guys unites them in diy/punk dyed-in-the-wooldom; Ty’s propers you know, but cooper’s own unique journey in rhythm, minimalism and diy (as heard on his productions with cave, bitchin bajas and jackie lynn) mines the depths around Ty’s peerless vocal attack and aid in the latest chapter of his never-ending search for unfathomably corrosive guitar sounds. spoiler alert: they found some more! bursting with transcendent energy, harmonizer is an extension of the classic style of emotional mugger and sleeper, revisiting the lonely days and loathsome nights of the alienated, grown-up-wrong soul, to make it all right in the end.

Ty Segall will take The Freedom Band on a USA West Coast tour, and has dates with his proto-metal-inspired trio Fuzz in 2022. 

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