Ty Segall Credit: Denee Segall

LA rocker Ty Segall has made a name for himself partly through his prolificacy; over the last decade he’s churned out records in a slew of different contexts. He’s actually slowed down a bit, releasing only one album annually over the last few years (not counting his work as a drummer in Fuzz), and while recently there’s been some backlash about his need to self-edit his output, I don’t buy any of it. When one takes in the glorious sprawl of this latest album, Freedom’s Goblin (Drag City), it’s clear that his sweeping vision is as integral to his work as one of his perfect songs. Listening to the album during a recent road trip was exhilarating—the numerous shifts from song to song made it zip by. Segall’s adoration for John Lennon continues to resonate in his falsetto and surprising melodic shapes, and his musical curiosity regularly takes him beyond his garage-rock roots into sounds that might seem like unnatural fits but succeed because he presents them in a voice of his own. His Technicolor cover of the Hot Chocolate funk jam “Every 1’s a Winner” layers irresistible glammed-out guitar fuzz over nasty, slashing riffs and hand percussion courtesy of special guest Fred Armisen. “Despoiler of Cadaver” cradles a bumping electro-funk groove with a wash of lowrider psychedelia. The epic closing track, “And, Goodnight,” toggles between post-Crazy Horse plodding and an infectious psych-pop chorus, while others, such as the furiously charging “When Mommy Kills You,” retain his classic all-out fury. At the same time, his pop instincts, apparent in the irresistible strum of “My Lady’s on Fire” and the Beatlesque ballad “Cry Cry Cry,” have never been sharper.   v