Shifting across genres has never been an issue for Ty Segall—between solo albums and side projects, the past few years of his career have been series of alternatively subtle and overt reinventions. From the acoustic singer-songwriter strains of the 2013 release, Sleeper, to the psychedelic metal chug that characterizes his work with Fuzz, Segall refuses to be defined by his pedigree as a SoCal garage rocker.
Emotional Mugger, Segall's latest LP, harnesses a manic energy, skittering between twisting guitar riifs, jarring synth lines and snarled lyrics. The themes of the record are equally unsettling, dealing with the costs of addiction, egged on by a culture of instant gratification that encourages individuals to act like greedy children. That might explain the creepy baby masks that Segall has been donning during recent live performances—an apt representation of the unrelenting weirdness of the modern world.