From the opening shots of ‘Fanny Dog’ to the closing licks of ‘And, Goodnight’ Freedom’s Goblin puts across a singular vision of rebel attitude. While its leading singles uncoiled more like string disparate one-off ideas, enshrined within their album they fall perfectly into place. This record presents Ty Segall's usually weird tapestry of rock but takes it further. Spurred with punk-like defiance Ty is firing off like never before.
‘Every 1’s A Winner’ rages against the system while another foot remains rooted within the dark and cynical spirit of the time of Trump. ‘Alta’ and ‘The Main Pretender’ provide larger-than-life moments. ‘Rain’ bears a grandiose chord progression and melismatic vocals which play out a little like, uh, Radiohead. But it’s merely an aside to the lunacy of ‘Despoiler of Cadaver’, ‘When Mommy Kills You’, ‘Prison’ and ‘Meaning’.
Grunge licks, punk attitude, heavy metal, honky tonk waltz, Neil Young, power pop, dissonant Zappa freak-outs, C&W, The Beatles, weird-out obscurity and disused ‘70s pop. Goblin is the entire history of music happening all at once. Ty pulls from everywhere, hammering inspiration into new forms of his own crooked devising.
Freedom’s Goblin isn’t bound by convention or limitation. It spills forth with a narcotic feeling of unconstrained freedom and rebellious excess. Segall isn’t an eccentric, he’s an outlaw.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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