As usual, Ty Segall has been keeping himself busy. In the past four months alone, the California garage-rock king has formed two new bands and released a ripping new album with his band Fuzz. But it’s been over a year since his last solo LP, the glam-rock opus Manipulator, which means it’s about time for a new one. And, sure enough, Pitchfork reports that his label, Drag City, has mailed out copies of Emotional Mugger, a new 11-track album credited to “Ty Garrett Segall,” on glitched-out VHS tape. One tape received by Pitchfork plays the 1993 film My Life after the album finishes, while another features Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, and one version of the album sent to a Rolling Stone editor is on an overdubbed Blockbuster video. The following statement was also included with the tapes on a crumpled-up sheet of paper:
What is emotional mugging?
Emotional mugging is a psychoanalytic subject to subject exchange formed as a response to our hyper-digital sexual landscape.
The over communication relayed in cell based technology and content driven media further detaches passengers of our modern society from deep emotional understanding. These detached residents seek meaning and physical contact which is readily available via traditional social standards often displaced thru the lens of the modern id. These individuals turn to salutation based sexual exchange and solo vice in return for a confirmation of non-emotion. This state of being that is well considered normal in our modern society is riddled with denial depravity and causes destruction on both the internal and external levels.
EM is an unfortunate but tragically essential practice in the age of digital intimacy. Essentially “mugging” is non verbal and non-physical emotional exchange, regardless of the status of the mugger and the muggee. Mugging can help to fill the holes in our ego, and the gaps in our society.
Unlike traditional mugging EM is a victimful crime wherein both the perpetrator and subject are victims of their emotional purpose whether the ego intention is subversive or provocative.
Sexual response has been common for both roles and have often led to meaningful non physical sexual relations.
There’s no release date yet, but you can check out the tracklist below.
02 “California Hills”
03 “Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess”
04 “Breakfast Eggs”
06 “Baby Big Man (I Want A Mommy)”
07 “Mandy Cream”
08 “Candy Sam”
09 “Squealer Two”
11 “The Magazine”
UPDATE: There’s now a funny promo for the album at emotionalmugger.com.