Family Perfume, Vol. 2

Album Review of Family Perfume, Vol. 2 by White Fence.

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Family Perfume, Vol. 2

White Fence

Release Date: May 15, 2012
Record label: Woodsist
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia

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Family Perfume, Vol. 2 - Very Good, Based on 5 Critics

Beats Per Minute (formerly One Thirty BPM) - 83
Based on rating 83%%
83

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.

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Prefix Magazine - 80
Based on rating 8.0/10
80

“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.

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Pitchfork - 72
Based on rating 7.2/10
72

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.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

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.

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Consequence of Sound - 58
Based on rating C+
58

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.

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