REVIEW: White Fence – “Family Perfume Vol. 1”

[Apr. 3rd 2012 – Woodsist Records // Find it at: iTunes | Insound]


By the time music enthusiasts are done listening to Family Perfume Vol. 1, they’re going to stick Tim Presley as a genius. And beneath the psych pop revival that is the first half of White Fence’s latest double album lies proof that he deserves the label. The sunny west-side state composer doesn’t get lost in the confusion of modern lo-fi, but instead opens up a journal of speeding garage freak outs (“Soaring Daily Pique Number 2”, “Down PNX”), dreamy electric (“Swagger Vets And Double Moon”) and real classic pop chewed out by Blind Faith instrumentals. White Fence may sound like a jaded solo-project with Presley’s basement dwelling drawl and penmanship, but the recordings echo in such individualistic ways – like the gentle guitar rip of “Long White Curtain” and clash of journeyman blues on the six-minute “It Will Never Be” – it’s really hard to shake the scuzz off. If you dig The Byrds, Quicksilver Messenger Service or even own a record player you constantly call “vintage”, you won’t want to.

Download: “Down PNX”, “Long White Curtain”, “Do You Know Ida Know”

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