Who: The C.I.A. was the sixth Ty Segall related album of 2018 and is a collaboration with his wife, Denée Segall, and Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang), a longtime member of his band.
Sound: Denée Segall takes the lead vocal duties here and gives a punk delivery that is similar to Perfect Pussy and the Red Aunts while the music has the speed of Ty’s GØGGS.
TFN Final Take: Ty Segall is always busy and after hearing his wife Denée sing on “Meaning” from Freedom’s Goblin (2018) it was no surprise that The C.I.A. would have a full length. Given that the record is fueled with a pulsing drum machine, The C.I.A. takes a modern turn in sound even though Denée’s hardcore punk vocals keep the album tight and focused. Don’t get too scared because I would not classify it as dance punk by any means but the machine does bring more of a robotic rhythm. For this outing Ty handles the bass and it shows as his playing sometimes has a more dynamic sound than the drums. The 10 songs here move quickly by in 20 minutes and “Power” is almost a fourth of the record itself so that leaves plenty of over 1-minute crunchers to crank up. The C.I.A. is easily probably one of the most un-Ty type of projects because this is clearly Denée’s vehicle. Starting with her fierceness and having the backing talents of Kelly and Ty, The C.I.A. brings you a quick punch to the gut that you will welcome!
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– Reviewed by Thomas Wilde
Thomas has a wide range of musical tastes as the NYC scene consistently broadens his pallet. Thomas is enjoying the opportunity to write at TFN and in his spare time is always looking for limited pressings of vinyl to add to his ever growing collection.
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