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Tim Presley is not only the founder of psych-poppers White Fence, but he’s also the force behind the slightly trippier Darker My Love, and has collaborated with the Strange Boys as well. White Fence is his California sun-cured vision of ‘60s, psych-folk/pop, and his vision is delightfully purist in its nostalgia. Even the lo-fi production feels old, warm and analog, with occasional hissing and crackling heard amid the shambling, strummy guitars and woozy reverb. Tracks like the patchouli-scented “Sticky Fruitman Has Faith” and faintly Velvets-flavored “Get That Heart” sound like long-lost Pebbles tracks, and the lovely “A Pearl Is Not a Diamond” revisits the gossamer sounds of Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow. “And By Always” and “Body Cold” roil with classic, psych-rock organ riffs and jangly guitars, and are perfect counterpoints to softer, acoustic tunes like “Tumble, Lies & Honesty.” The oddball, playful moments here (“The Mexican Twins/Life is ... Too $hort”) exemplify why Presley is so prolific; he needs outlets for all those voices in his head.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tim Presley is not only the founder of psych-poppers White Fence, but he’s also the force behind the slightly trippier Darker My Love, and has collaborated with the Strange Boys as well. White Fence is his California sun-cured vision of ‘60s, psych-folk/pop, and his vision is delightfully purist in its nostalgia. Even the lo-fi production feels old, warm and analog, with occasional hissing and crackling heard amid the shambling, strummy guitars and woozy reverb. Tracks like the patchouli-scented “Sticky Fruitman Has Faith” and faintly Velvets-flavored “Get That Heart” sound like long-lost Pebbles tracks, and the lovely “A Pearl Is Not a Diamond” revisits the gossamer sounds of Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow. “And By Always” and “Body Cold” roil with classic, psych-rock organ riffs and jangly guitars, and are perfect counterpoints to softer, acoustic tunes like “Tumble, Lies & Honesty.” The oddball, playful moments here (“The Mexican Twins/Life is ... Too $hort”) exemplify why Presley is so prolific; he needs outlets for all those voices in his head.

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About White Fence

White Fence's trippy, distortion-laced, psychedelic pop-influenced tunes (sounding, in other words, something along the lines of a warped cassette tape featuring the Left Banke or Merry-Go-Round) are the brainchild of Timothy Presley (also a member of the like-minded groups Strange Boys and Darker My Love). The project's self-titled debut was released on the Woodsist label in the spring of 2010. For the project's next release, 2011's White Fence Is Growing Faith, Presley didn't change much and the album followed the same sometimes goofy, always trippily tuneful template of the debut. Also in 2011, White Fence released a live cassette (Live in LA) on Teenage Teardrops and a single (Harness/The Pool) for Afterlife Records. Presley must have spent all his free time recording as well, seeing how the first half of 2012 was overrun with White Fence records. Family Perfume, Vol. 1 was released in April, Family Perfume, Vol. 2 was released in May, both by Woodsist, and a collaboration with fellow West Coast garage rocker Ty Segall, Hair, came out in April on Drag City.

The next album was meant to be a collection of older tracks that had yet to see the light of day, but Presley changed his mind partway through and 2013's Cyclops Reap became a batch of his most recently recorded tracks. White Fence weren't just a one-man bedroom project though; they were able to translate their sound to a stage with a live-wire energy. Their first live record, Live in San Francisco, which featured Jack Adams and Sean Presley on guitar, Jared Everett on bass, and Nick Murray on drums, proved this to those unlucky enough to have never seen them live. It was released by Castle Face in late 2013. The next White Fence recording found Presley leaving the bedroom and heading out to Ty Segall's garage, where the two friends recorded For the Recently Found Innocent for new label Drag City. Segall and Murray handled the drums, Mikal Cronin played piano on one song, and Presley did everything else as per usual. ~ Margaret Reges

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