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Albums Of The Week: Ty Segall | Harmonizer

The L.A. garage-rocker fuses guitars and synths on his first album in two years.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Ty Segall’s surprise release Harmonizer is his first new album in two years. Harmonizer bursts with transcendent energy as Ty glides smoothly into unexpected territory, right where he likes to find himself. It’s a synthtastic production redesign that finds Ty dialing up a wealth of tightly controlled beats, thick keyboard textures, guitar, and endless harmonies. This glossy sound makes for some of Ty’s cleanest songs and starkest ideas to date, bracing him as he revisits the lonely days and loathsome nights of the alienated, grown-up-wrong soul.

Co-produced by Cooper Crain, Harmonizer is the first recording to be released from Ty’s just-completed Harmonizer Studios. Cooper’s own journey in rhythm, minimalism and DIY mines the depths around Ty’s peerless vocal attack and never-ending search for unfathomably corrosive guitar sounds. With an eye towards precision, feel and explosive mass, The Freedom BandBen Boye, Mikal Cronin, Emmett Kelly and Charles Moothart — appear all over Harmonizer, but often one at a time. Additionally, Denée Segall co-writes and appears on two tracks.

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 the essence of Harmonizer.”

Photo by Denée Segall.