Ty Segall Shares A Swaggering New Single With A Lot Of Sax And Attitude
    • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017

    • Posted by: Chris Deverell

    Ty Segall has been on a white-hot roll lately and doesn't seem to show any sign of slowing down anytime soon. The psych-rocker shared his new track "The Main Pretender" today, with a special feature by saxophonist Mikal Cronin. This is the fourth track he's released since September, and earlier this month he even joined a list of greats, including Sharon Van Etten, Father John Misty, and Laura Jane Grace, by contributing a cover of the Squidbillies intro song.

    As is expected from the likes of Segall, "The Main Pretender" is a trip, swaggering, and boisterous, with an attitude that bursts into the room like a drunk, drawing all the attention to itself.

    The track opens and rides along the back of a sludgy, funky bassline that threatens to boil over at any moment, yet sits back to set the pace for Cronin's acerbic alto sax which marches at the front of the sonic assault like a marching band director on acid. Add a wailing guitar solo for good measure and "The Main Pretender" plays like a psychedelic sensory overload. The accompanying description on the Bandcamp page describes the tune as for "people who just can't see the forest for the head up their a**!"

    Not quite sure what that one means, but "The Main Pretender" takes shots at its "pretender" subject as sardonically and as with as much gusto as Segall and co. aim at themselves. While aimed as track to "cull the herd", "The Main Pretender" is as much a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of the pseudo-superiority complexes that are all too abundant in artists that get a little too big for their britches.

    "The Main Pretender" comes hot on the heels of Segall's release of the single "My Lady's on Fire", which debuted earlier this month. While there's no word yet on a new compilation, you'd have to expect one soon before Segall ends up releasing a whole album's worth of singles at this rate.

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