Release Date: May 15, 2012
Record label: Woodsist
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
White FenceFamily Perfume Vol. 2[Woodsist; 2012]By Kerri O'Malley; June 7, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetA few weeks ago, I saw Tim Presley’s White Fence open for Ty Segall, merging with Segall and members of both bands for some Hair songs in-between. As White Fence took the stage after a long tune-up process, the crowd cheered, and Presley blinked with surprise.
“The happiest you’ve been hasn’t happened yet,” bitterly admits a brooding Tim Presley on the final track of Family Perfume Vol. 2, “King of the Decade.” On the anticipated second component of his double album Family Perfume Vol. 1 & 2, L.A.’s Presley admits with a blunt honesty that he’s failed, hard. Life has smacked him in the face with a relentless backhand, and yeah, things certainly could have been different.
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.
Taking notes on prolificity from Guided by Voices, stereo panning from Hendrix, and pretty much everything else from early Pink Floyd, White Fence have concocted a two-volume set of psyched-out garage blasts, stuffing Family Perfume, Vols. 1-2 to the gills with tripped sounds and zoned-out melodies. Working under the moniker White Fence, Strange Boys member Tim Presley has written and recorded feverishly, producing at least an album a year since 2010, and now this mammoth collection arrives, hot on the heels of a collaborative record with equally compulsive songsmith Ty Segall earlier in 2012.
The word “ambition,” and its grammatical derivative, “ambitious,” gets bandied about a lot with musicians, but it’s only really fitting for a few people. Jack White? Maybe, but he’s doing his Jack White blues thing. Robert Pollard? Yeah, because he writes 100 songs a day. Tim Presley? Absolutely.