Emotional Mugger, was a Carpenter-cum-Cronenberg delirium vision as fed through (or to) space aliens like Chrome, Devo and Iggy circa The Idiot. Now Segall’s back with a just-out self-titled album on Drag City, and if it’s not exactly gentler, it’s more recognizably human. Singles such as “Orange Color Queen” and “Break a Guitar” are overcranked Bowie/Bolan glam inspired by the deepest of the deep cuts and crackling with Segall’s characteristic lightning personality. On Mugger, Segall performed as the baby-headed Sloppo, and on 2014’s Manipulator we met … well, the Manipulator. Maybe with this, his second self-titled LP, he’s reawakening simply as a guy named Ty. With L.A.’s excellent Flat Worms, whose raging 2016 EP on Volar is smart, pissed-off art-punk that comes off like Joy Division’s Warsaw tracks supercharged with screaming SST-style guitar.
Ty Segall’s monstrous 2015 album,