Release Date: Apr 3, 2012
Record label: Woodsist
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Now a fixture within the realm of California-dwelling garage rockers-- and overwhelmingly accomplished as the guitarist for Darker My Love, working with the Strange Boys and the Fall, and set to release the highly anticipated collaborative album Hair with San Francisco’s Ty Segall--the hermetic Tim Presley still writes and records obsessively as his moniker White Fence, all from within the confines of his Echo Park apartment. Then again, the name White Fence itself conjures thoughts of an intriguing duality, pristinely structured at first glance but evocatively complex upon closer look. The unsuspecting Family Perfume Vol.
White FenceFamily Perfume Vol. 1[Woodsist; 2012]By FM Stringer; April 6, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGMP3: White Fence - "Swagger Vets and Double Moon" The epigram on Family Perfume Vol. 1's page on Woodsist's site is a Ty Segall quote begins, “Fuck Nostalgia” and ends “SMELL THE TRUTH. FUCK THE TRUTH.
On Hair, his recent collaborative LP with Ty Segall, California psych-rock lifer Tim Presley benefited from a dose of semi-pro-studio botox. A home-recording primitivist of the Bob Pollard variety, Presley, who works under the name White Fence, shrouds his wiggly stoner gems in a curtain of tape hiss, distortion, and woozy effects. In comparison, Hair-- which was recorded in an honest-to-goodness studio-- might as well be Steely Dan's Aja.
Listening to the queue of records in my “To Review” pile (MV&EE, Woods, Amps For Christ, and some less notables), I’m starting to gather that lo-fi psychedelic folk is back in vogue. It’s a genre that seems to drift back into the limelight every few years. For whatever reason, it seems to be on a faster popularity cycle than just about any other subgenre, so it’s never surprising to see it crop up.
Hard to believe but on Family Perfume, Vol. 1, White Fence take a step backward in the recording quality department. Their first couple records gave the impression that White Fence main man Tim Presley was using papier-mâché microphones and recording onto Scotch tape; here it's like he lost those high-tech tools and was reduced to recording at a fast-food drive-in window.
Turn off your lights. Strike a match and light some incense. Put White Fence‘s latest LP, Family Perfume, Volume 1, on your record player. Then lie down somewhere comfortable, close your eyes, and let the journey begin. A reclamation of psychedelia, of The Doors’ wildest and The Beatles’ most ….
I get the sense from Family Perfume Vol. 1 And 2 that California psych scholar Tim Presley views his four-track tape deck with the same sort of wide-eyed wonderment that Captain Picard views the Enterprise’s Holo-deck. A single unassuming box of churning gears enables Presley—our fearless leader on this 29-track, double-disc journey across the final frontier of one man’s psych-rock reverence—to safely enact all of his time-warped musical fantasies in the comfort of his own bedroom.