Ty Segall – Freedom's Goblin

Freedom's Goblin is a sprawling 19 track, 75 minute opus jam-packed with all manner of sonic exploration

Album Review by Lewis Wade | 23 Jan 2018
  • Ty Segall – Freedom's Goblin
Album title: Freedom's Goblin
Artist: Ty Segall
Label: Drag City
Release date: 26 Jan

Freedom's Goblin is the prolific garage-rocker's tenth album in ten years (at least, his tenth under the name 'Ty Segall'); it's a sprawling 19 track, 75 minute opus jam-packed with all manner of sonic exploration. Recording every whim and passing interest is nothing new to Segall, but instead of bundling them up and rationing them for the various projects that he'll no doubt be involved in over the course of the year, he's decided to release it all in one gargantuan musical vomit.

Fanny Dog, opening the album, is demonstrative of how far Segall has come from the subtle nuance of his early lo-fi days. It's a dramatic, triumphant affair, all swooping brass and cacophonous guitar... all to celebrate how great his dog is. It's charmingly irreverent and a perfect mission statement for an album that isn't overly concerned with the zeitgeist – just good time rawk'n'roll.

Lengthy guitar solos are in no short supply (And Goodnight, She and Alta contain three of the best), but there's also acoustic respite from the noise (The Last Waltz, My Lady's on Fire), squalling brass (Talkin 3, The Main Pretender). There are a few experimental numbers, too; Meaning, Despoiler of Cadaver and a scuzzy cover of Hot Chocolate's Every 1's a Winner ensure there's plenty of diversity across the album. The most enjoyable cuts, however, are generally more gentle and straightforward, like the freewheeling jangle-indie of You Say All the Nice Things and I'm Free, and the concise and efficient 5 Ft.Tall.

It's a bold move to put out so much music in one go, but Freedom's Goblin is sure-footed enough to warrant to such a splurge. With Segall's workaholic tendencies he'll probably be on to his next musical endeavour in the near future so, for now, tune in, drop out, and enjoy the journey without worrying too much about the destination.

Listen to: You Say All the Nice Things, 5 Ft.Tall