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White Fence

Family Perfume (Vol. 1)

(Woodsist)

Did you ever wish you had an endless supply of rare Syd Barrett outtakes? Well, squint a little and you can pretty much pretend that the new one from White Fence, the project of musician and songwriter Tim Presley, is made up of alternate tracks made by the Mad Hatter himself. There’s an equal debt perhaps to Guided By Voices. Many of these recordings sound like they were created in 1969 and stuffed in a drawer to age and acquire a pleasant patina of deterioration. Elsewhere Presley swerves from a sun-bleached psychedelia toward overdriven DIY garage jams — tambourines, organs, languid harmonies and nicely washed-out guitar effects are all deployed with a perfect hazy touch. It’s outsider art made with the Nuggets collection as source material. Presley is a prolific and perhaps obsessed creator. Through a press release from his label he wrote this about the project: “i have some important things to say to myself. I'm a rock ' n roll soldier forever. i melt music. When people talk to me, i'm thinking about some song to do.” Volume two of this set will be released in May. Fans of artists like Woods and Ariel Pink will appreciate White Fence’s weathered textures and similarly wide-ranging synthesis of oddball pop nooks. — John Adamian

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