Prolific Californian musician Ty Segall filled Oakland's New Parish on Thursday during a pair of Bay Area shows this past week. Segall is touring for his recently released new album Sleeper. It can de difficult to keep up with Ty Segall's progress, between split vinyls, solo albums, band albums and constant touring, the dude does not rest. I've frequently stated that Ty's show at San Francisco's Fillmore in January was one of the most intense and best shows I have seen in 2013. Additionally, I believe Ty is one of the best electric guitar players on the west coast. Catch his live performance and tell me otherwise.
Anyhow, those who have heard or read about Ty Segall's latest album Sleeper know that the record makes for a departure from his recent material. Following the death of his father and a fallout with his mother, Ty produced an emotionally straining, poignant, psychedelic folk album that is primarily acoustic. Personally, the album has shown me Ty is no one-trick pony with electric wizardry. The slimmed down Sleeper presents Ty's vocals & songwriting without anything to hide behind. And this shows Ty's depth.
Heading into the New Parish, I wasn't sure whether to expect January Fillmore Ty Segall or Sleeper Ty Segall. We got the latter. Ty brought in three friends, had them seated and in a row as they played Sleeper. This certainly made for a different experience from the raucous, stage-diving, shows I've previously seen from Ty. Yet this didn't mean it was any less enjoyable. Ty gave us an emotionally charged set that showed off his subtle abilities and showcased Sleeper on stage. And, I should note, I don't believe I've ever seen anyone solo on an electric guitar while sitting down as Ty. Watching "Sleeper", "The Keepers" and other album tracks come to life at New Parish proved to me that Ty Segall is one of the more prolific musicians on the radar right now. Catch the Sleeper tour if you can.