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It has been a quiet time of late for Ty Segall.

Following the three albums he released last year, Sleeper is his first record of 2013 – an absence of almost Bowie-esque proportions for the prolific Californian garage-rocker.

The new album is inspired by a family rupture following the death of his stepfather; it finds Segall playing raw, mainly acoustic psych-folk-ish songs, indebted to the 1960s and ’70s, but invested with the kind of vibrancy that makes them seem alive and of our time, not a dusty act of retro-worship: a quality illustrated by the way “The Man Man” flares into life with vivaciously sloppy electric riffs.

Ty Segall

Sleeper

(Drag City)

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