One of the leaders of the new psych-influenced garage rock scene that erupted in California in the late 2000s, Ty Segall has produced a catalog as prolific as it is diverse. Working as a solo act and in a number of side projects, he has released literally dozens of albums since he left and cut his first project on his own in 2008. Depending on the album, Segall can sound raw (2016's Emotional Mugger) or refined (2013's Sleeper), and he's capable of focused one-man-band efforts (2009's Lemons) as well as sprawling and eclectic releases with a range of collaborators (2018's Freedom's Goblin). He proves just as compelling when stripping back the noise and adding synths, as on 2021's Harmonizer, composing film music in classic style (2022's Whirlybird), or recording at home on his own (2022's Hello, Hi). No matter the sonic setting, Segall's strong melodic frameworks, creative restlessness, and the infectious intensity of his songs and performances are the constants in his ever-evolving discography. Ty Segall first garnered public acclaim as the lead singer of Orange County, California garage rock revivalists . With that band, he practiced a rawer, snottier take on //-style rock, occasionally delving into more retro territory. When that band splintered, he struck out on his own and started cranking out lo-fi albums, beginning with a self-titled effort on in 2008. On his solo album Lemons, however, Segall delivered a much more traditional sound, studiously re-creating '60s guitar tones and drenching his tracks in old-school reverb. The stomping results bore a striking resemblance to early garage masters such as and , as well as proto-punks and bedroom folk antecedent Alexander "Skip" Spence. He returned in 2010 with Melted.
The year 2011 was busy for him, with two albums -- Live in Aisle Five and Goodbye Bread -- scheduled for release, as well as an EP of covers, Ty-Rex. Goodbye Bread marked a turn toward Segall's softer side, evoking a -like take on quieter and more introspective singer/songwriter fare. In 2012, Segall collaborated with ' offshoot on Hair. This mini-album married Segall's -soaked pop hooks and production with 's -influenced, acid-damaged garage sounds. Two more Segall albums followed that year, including June's Slaughterhouse with on , and Twins, the completely solo follow-up to Goodbye Bread released on in October.
Segall's profile grew, and 2013 began with several reissues of previous projects, including a 2009 collaboration with entitled Reverse Shark Tank, as well as his earlier garage trio ' out of print 2008 debut. In 2013, Segall also released the debut album from his side project , in which he played drums rather than guitar. Also in 2013, he showed off a new approach, recording a departure from the usual and titling it Sleeper -- all of the songs were acoustic ballads. Not one to rest on his laurels, Segall returned to the studio to record the 17-track follow-up Manipulator in 2014, released by in August. A live concert by at the San Francisco club the Rickshaw Stop was released in February 2015 as part of the Live in San Francisco album series from . Another live recording of Segall and his band, preserving his set at the 2013 Pickathon Festival, was released in May 2015 as a split album with the garage/psych act , who were also taped at the same event. The year 2015 also saw the arrival of the second album, and an expanded reissue of the Ty-Rex EP.
Segall kept up his usual frantic pace the next year, releasing the Emotional Mugger album in January, then touring behind it extensively. He also formed the band , with 's Charles Moothart and Chris Shaw of . They released a self-titled album in July. The next Ty Segall album was a self-titled effort in early 2017 on , recorded at 's studio and featuring a full band that included longtime collaborator and 's on guitar and vocals. Well-received, the album reached number ten on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. In early 2018, the prolific Segall brought out Freedom's Goblin, a 19-song album that reunited him with , , and , while expanding his sound with the use of a horn section, then released Joy a few months later -- a collaboration with old running mate on a batch of off-kilter psych rock songs. In October 2018, Segall released Fudge Sandwich, in which he put his own unique spin on 11 cover tunes, interpreting artists ranging from to . The same month, he also brought out a low-key cassette-only release, Orange Rainbow, created in a run of just 55 copies for sale at a show of his visual art at a Los Angeles gallery. In January 2018, two live shows in Los Angeles on the tour supporting Freedom's Goblin were recorded by . Highlights from the concerts were released in March 2019 on the album Deforming Lobes, credited to Ty Segall & Freedom Band.
After indulging his rock side on most of his 2018 releases, Segall took a detour with First Taste, released in August 2019, which was more clearly informed by vintage pop and folk-rock sounds. While stuck at home in 2020, he took the opportunity to record an EP of songs, which was released in March under the title Segall Smeagol. He also spent time recording with his usual band of cohorts (, , Moothart, and keyboardist ), working separately for the most part. Denée Segall of also joined the session, writing and singing on two songs. The resulting Harmonizer was co-produced by Cooper Crain of and is the first album done at Segall's recently constructed Harmonizer Studios. The record, the cleanest, most synth-heavy entry in his catalog, was released by in August 2021.
His first soundtrack album, Whirlybird, appeared in early 2022; the film, a documentary about reporters who chased stories in helicopters in the 1980s and '90s, inspired Segall to explore a less rock-oriented sound, with keyboards, percussion, and sometimes strings dominating the music. Following the experimentation of Whirlybird, 2022's Hello, Hi was a shift back to a simpler approach, with Segall handling all instruments and vocals himself, primarily using acoustic guitars and layered harmonies. While he seemed busy enough with his own projects, he made time to work with friends and fellow musicians he admired. He contributed instrumental performances to albums by (2021's Geist) and & (2022's Blind Date Party). He produced recordings for (2021's Strength of Spring) and (2022's Squeeze). And Segall collaborated with on the 2021 single "She's a Beam" b/w "Milk Bird Flyer."