What I Heard This Morning: White Fence

White Fence’s ...Is Growing Faith was released January 10th, so I’m late in the game on this one. If you can appreciate what “Jackin’ For Beats” was for Ice Cube, it’ll be easy to appreciate White Fence’s lo-fi appropriation of the Velvet Underground. You can liken Tim Presley’s (Darker My Love) minimalist and somewhat amateurish approach to bedroom tapes or chillwave, but that would be doing the song, “Get That Heart,” a disservice. At the very least, such comparisons might dissuade one from giving White Fence a listen. I think it’s pretty cool, so take that for what it’s worth.

...Is Growing Faith is out on Woodsist and all information is courtesy of Force Field PR.

"Get That Heart" by White Fence by forcefieldpr

White Fence announces New York shows, shares new track

MP3: "Get That Heart" -

Those who expect Tim Presley's White Fence project to be an extension of Darker My Love are in for a lysergic surprise. Sure, listen to White Fence... Is Growing Faith, and you'll hear the same sixties love as in Tim's day-job band. But replace the boogie bass with Velvet Underground & Nico guitars, and ramp up the weirdness; that's not your turntable's belt melting, that's the warped, pitch-bent sounds of an album with a sheen of lo-fi so grating, you'll feel all the brown acid in your brain melting into your pineal gland just in time for the bad trip lyrics to kick in-that and the laughter, and the reverb, and the echo, and the feeling that this is a nightmare Presley's welcoming you to enjoy. Few albums in the somewhat recent past have had such a bleeding, in-the-red mystery (think, roughly, of Ween's The Pod, or Alex Chilton's Like Flies on Sherbet, or most of the Ariel Pink catalogue), and this has a similar sense of being a calm before a storm, albeit a paisley one filled with hashish-laden clouds of wonder. Yet aside from a few well-placed punk drums and vintage guitar sustain that sometimes stretches as late as 1978, this could be the great lost Teenage Shutdown or Pebbles compilation, with fantastic fanciful ballads and faded odes to lost friends all wrapped up in a stoned-ground aural husk rough enough to wear down your teeth. It holds up as an album, but the individual songs each tell their own stories, sometimes in a style similar to the Kinks, sometimes like a Voxx Records band from the 80's, and sometimes like a third-generation Dylan-buzzed teen who only recently learned two chords on the Farfisa. There's enough scuff and noise for the John Cale Dream Syndicate fan in you, enough acoustic guitar for the lover you want to be, and enough rock for anyone who's ever grown their forelocks long because their school had an above-the-collar rule. ....Is Growing Faith is so creative, so enjoyable, so deep, you'll wonder how Tim does it, what with Darker My Love and the Strange Boys being just some of his many other projects. Clearly White Fence takes some go-go-go with its linger-linger-linger. As Presley says in "Tumble, Lies & Honesty," "There is a power in me: I never look behind." -Dan Collins

4/28 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent Ave. *
4/29 Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
4/30 New York, NY - Cake Shop
7/30-31 Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Fest
* = w/ Woods, Spectre Folk

White Fence
...Is Growing Faith
Street Date: January 10, 2011


Label Page - http://woodsist.com/
MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/whitefenceband

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