Ty Segall is known for two things: an incredible work ethic that found him releasing three albums in 2012 and face-melting live shows full of guitar pyrotechnics. While his work ethic hasn’t changed, his latest album, “Sleeper,” is a departure, full of quiet, acoustic songs.
amNewYork spoke with him.
Why did you choose to make such a mellow album? It wasn’t really a choice. There wasn’t a strong, “I’m going to make a quiet record” [feeling]. It’s just what came out. I tried doing some other things, but they weren’t really working out. All the songs I really like ended up being the mellow ones.
Are you worried about translating the album live? We’re playing in an amplified acoustic style, which is super fun, with electric guitar flourishes every once in a while. It’s not a big fuzzed-out band style, but it’s not as mellow as you’d think, listening to the record.
What was on your mind when you wrote this one? This was a lot of dealing with my father passing away and my mother acting insane. ... I had a lot of nightmares. The whole theme came from dreams and death and sleeping.
You’re also touring with your band Fuzz. Do you ever rest? I definitely rest. You have to take the time to rest and get perspective or else your songs will suck... It’s funny that people think I’m this crazy dude in a room writing songs [all day].
Ty Segall is at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday at 9 p.m., 66 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg, 718-486-5400, sold out.
He is at Bowery Ballroom on Friday at 9 p.m., 6 Delancey St., 212-533-2111, sold out.