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There are a lot of big records out this week but there again Ty Segall seems to release a record every week, if its not him its the bloody Thee Oh Sees. It seems like mere seconds since ‘Twins’ was released and already we have another one to forage through and its a much more reflective introverted record than his previous efforts. The opening title track ‘Sleeper’ is majestically lovely. A Beatles-esque ballad with a skyscraping melody that you could pretty much swear you have heard before - the strings and Lennon-like vocal delivery give it the feeling of a kind of lo-fi E.L.O.
Its safe to conclude that Ty Segall has dropped his more garage-rock credentials for this record and has mutated somewhat more into a lo-fi guitar clad troubadour. ‘The Keepers’ breezes in on a melody not unlike ‘Night in White Satin’, the nasal vocals and slightly noisy recording techniques make it come across the kind of thing The La’s Lee Mavers could come up with if he could ever sort himself out. It has that kind of lolloping sea shanty going on. ‘Queen Lullabye’ is less impressive, coming across like the less structured elements of Marc Bolan’s early Tyrannesaurous Rex records and from there the album drifts off a little, there’s the increasing warning signs on the horizon of the awful spectre of...... Oasis. ‘She Don’t Care’ is EXACTLY the sound of John Lennon and David Bowie having a jam in a hostel sometime in 1970.
I’m actually at a bit of a crossroads with it, I can’t decide whether I’m impressed or not. I love the production, it has a real lo-fi live feel going on with the acoustic guitar nice and choppy throughout, the songs seem a bit hit and miss and I for one, am tired of Beatle-esque moves. Don’t expect any of the fuzzy garage pop he is known for, this is unashamedly an album of mid paced ballads saved at times from mediocrity by the lively production and some pretty good songs. It has quite an English, late 60’s early 70’s vibe to it, think John Lennon solo, Syd Barrett, lo-fi Bowie and your enjoyment of the record will depend upon how far down the road you want to go with him. I wouldn’t worry though, if you don’t like this one there’ll be another akong in a minute.
7/10 brownowa Customer review, 22nd August 2013
Feels like a backlash is starting. Suppose it was inevitable. If you go around releasing a shed load of records, all of which get raved about, people are going to be jumping in at different stages. Add in the fact that each release seems to be ploughing a different furrow (admittedly in the same field), then some people are going to feel they've been sold something they weren't expecting. 'Where's that proto metal master of fuzz?' 'Where is the Lo-fi pop genius of of hair?' 'Where is the indie noisenik of slaughterhouse?' Well your not getting any of them, your getting the beatlesy introspection that started on goodbye bread. Personally, can't think of anything I'd rather have at this stage of the game. Changes the tempo a bit. Sleeper seems to be getting a rep on the blogosphere for being the odd LP out, not fair. That one is Twins. Twins is the glitch. If twins had sounded more like goodbye bread, instead of slauterhouse, ie the slower stuff goes under Ty's name, the rockier stuff under one of the bands names, this one wouldn't have caused a wobble. Ultimately it's another bloody great Ty album in which he explores one of the many avenues of song writing, just like he's been going all along. A quick skip through the singles comp shows he's always done it. Perhaps He' just getting better a being quiet!
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