Freedom’s Goblin is the new Ty Segall album: 19 tracks strong, flling four sides of vinyl nonstop, with an unrestricted sense of coming together to make an album. It wants you to get your head straight — but frst, the process will make your head spin! Back in the Twins days, we talked about the schizophrenia of Ty’s out-look; today, it’s super-dual, with loads of realities all folding back on each other. On any given side, we’re tracking five or six full-blown personalities, unconcerned with convention or continuity. So drop the needle — who can say what it’ll sound like where it lands? This is Freedom’s Goblin — one track engendering, the next one op-pressing, violence up in the mix — a look at everything around that Ty used to make the songs. What will you use it for when you listen?
The songs came in the fow of the year: days of vomit and days of ecstasy and escape too, and days between. The rulebook may have been tossed, but Freedom’s Goblin is thick with deep song-writing resources, be it stomper, weeper, ballad, screamer, banger or funker-upper, all diverted into new Tydentities — each one mark-ing a different impasse, like a fag whirling into a knot, exploding and burning on contact, in the name of love and loathing.
Freedom’s Goblin wears a twisted production coat: tracks were cut all around, from L.A. to Chicago to Memphis, whether chilling at home or touring with the Freedom Band. Five studios were re-quired to get all the sounds down, engineered by Steve Albini, F. Bermudez, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and of course, Ty himself. The goal was getting free, embracing any approach necessary to communicate new heights and depths, new places for the fuzz to land among octaving harmonies, dancefoor grooves, synths, sax-es and horns, jams, post-Nicky-Hopkins r’n’b electric piano vibes, children-of-the-corn psycho-rebellions, old country waltzes and down-by-the-river shuffes. Basically, the free-est pop songs Ty’s ever put on tape. And one about his dog, too!
We’re ALL Goblins and we ALL want our Freedom. The freedom to love or to be alone; to be pretty or pretty ugly; the freedom to turn the other cheek or to turn up the volume. And of course, the freedom to make just about any kind of song you think will free peo-ple when they hear it. But there’s that goblin of freedom too — and once you let it out of the bottle, it can fuck with you, so . . . take it or leave it. Go away or go all the way in. Live free and die! BUT be careful what you wish for...
1. Fanny Dog
3. Every 1's a Winner
4. Despoiler Of Cadaver
5. When Mommy Kills You
6. My Lady's on Fire
9. Cry Cry Cry
10. Shoot You Up
11. You Say All the Nice Things
12. The Last Waltz
15. Talkin 3
16. The Main Pretender
17. I'm Free
18. 5 Ft. Tall
19. And Goodnight
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