July 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent

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White Fence
For the Recently Found Innocent
Drag City
Street: 07.22
White Fence = The Left Banke + Roky Erickson / The Pretty Things
Tim Presley of White Fence is the stoned outlaw of psychedelic folk music. This is his sixth LP, which was recorded in a studio with help from fellow prolific rocker Ty Segall. It’s the first time Presley has completed a solo album outside of his bedroom. Though the difference isn’t palpable, it sounds slightly more polished without sacrificing Presley’s signature warping, lo-fi techniques. Throughout the 14 tracks, Presley relieves his hysteria from anger and currency through a ramble of riffs and sunbaked melodies. He tends to mix a punk aesthetic with country vibes, but most of these tunes are more country and less punk. While it’s reminiscent of the ‘60s, it’s like nothing being made today. “Raven On White Cadillac” features saloon-style piano chops among spread-apart, psychedelic riffs, and it’s a fun example of the bizarre music Presley creates that I find so unique and enjoyable. –Justin Gallegos
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