Sound — 7
Psychedelic rock musician Ty Segall first began to catch the attention of music followers around the world following the release of his debut studio album "Horn the Unicorn" back in 2008. His unique musical style first showcased in such songs as "The Drag," is comprised of high-in-the-mix bass playing, energetic vocal delivery and complimentary guitar riffs, which allowed Ty Segall to stand out more so than other band who were new to the psychedelic rock music scene. Eventually his music would catch the attention of such outlets as NPR Music and BBC, which gave his latest studio album "Twins" praising reviews.
Since the release of his debut, Ty Segall has gone on to release a number of additional studio albums as a solo artist, and has also gone on to work with a new project by the name of Fuzz. Now the artist is making his return to the music world this year, not even a year after the release of "Twins" under Drag City Records (which also happened to be his third studio album in 2012). And despite the quantity of albums Ty Segall has released to date, he still manages to create quality music filled with creativity.
"Sleeper" clearly demonstrates this same fact; this album is a proud collection of ten new compositions filled to the brim with progressive elements and the same familiarness that lets you know you're listening to a Ty Segall album. The album's title track is a throwback to the stoner rock style of the 1960's, and is largely built around some engaging acoustic guitar playing and effect coated vocals. This combination works flawlessly, and provides the track with an unignorable nostalgic vibe.
Lyrics — 8
To say that Ty Segall is a masterful multi-instrumentalist would be putting it bluntly. He fills the position of percussionist, guitarist, bass player and lead vocalist for each of the tracks included in "Sleeper." As far as his vocal performance goes, Ty Segall's lyrical delivery and singing style is what drives each song well above any preset expectations, and is the main feature that continuously provides the psychedelic rock vibe. Whenever he decides to drop his fist on the tempo and move into a slow acoustic jam, it's his vocal performance that serves as an anchor to his previous works and gives that same familiarity which established fans will appreciate.
Overall Impression — 8
Ty Segall once again delivers a collection of songs that never disappoints. The term "quality not quantity" does not seem to apply to this artist; he can create a new album of nostalgic-sounding material almost effortlessly. "Sleeper" is an album that will have you hitting the replay button again and again, and each time will have you choosing a new favorite track; although some of my personal favorites include the title track and "The Keepers." For any established fan of Ty Segall, as well as any psychedelic rock follower, this album is a highly recommended purchase, and at the very least is worth a listen.