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By | Published on Monday 21 May 2012

White Fence

Tim Presley’s professional past has been chequered to say the least. His CV is a cross-hatched collation of band cameos with Darker My Love, The Strange Boys, Ty Segall and The Fall, the latter of whom he toured with as a guitarist circa their ‘Reformation Post TLC’ era. Now solo and playing as White Fence, he has this year released a two-part LP compendium in ‘Family Perfume’, the second volume of which came out via Woodsist earlier this month.

From the meandering, Syd Barrett-attuned lo-fi of ‘Balance Yr Heart’ to florid psych-rock psalms ‘She Relief’ and ‘Swagger Vets & Double Moon’, both LPs are marred by stop-starts, scratches and scrapes, stacked piecemeal from the studio floor upwards and slavishly taped on a four-track cassette recorder.

‘Family Perfume Volume 2’ piece ‘Be At Home’ is White Fence at his most melancholic, its refrain continued ad infinitum until it fades into a crestfallen chant. Album closer ‘King Of The Decade’, meanwhile, obscures its quite beautiful form and construct in a nest of discordant guitar sounds, which is no real fault and pretty archetypal of the White Fence ‘way’ at large.

You can listen to both ‘Family Perfume’ LPs in full on Spotify, or preview those two last mentioned tracks here:



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