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Saturday, February 16, 2013

White Fence's Fuzztastic "Pink Gorilla"

Posted by on Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

  • Woodsist (photo ca. 2012's Family Perfume)

It remains to be seen whether White Fence's Tim Presley, whose name has always reminded me of the late Reg Presley, will turn out to be as prolific as his friend, Ty Segall. Based on his activity since 2012, which included a double-LP and a split with Segall, he appears to be on his way (and now that Ty has moved back to So-Cal from the Bay Area, expect more collaborations between the two).

Presley's new single highlights the garage side of his persona rather than the folk side, though I find both appealing, and everything he touches is steeped in psychedelia. "Pink Gorilla" is no exception. (This month, Segall's other great pal, Mikal Cronin, also released a new single, but it's more of a power-pop thing.)

With imagistic lyrics like these, Presley continues to remind me of Syd Barrett:

"I have cyclops vision now. But I'm not a giant. I changed my
name and body only, and stabbed my social nous in the right
ear. I still read fear but there are no police this year. I can repeat
the same dream. I can let birds talk to me. I'm in jail. I have
love and a whistle. I lay where the lotus lay and then spring the frozen flowers on any giving day. I apologize to those put in
the trees, but I was gathering the Cyclops reap."

Castleface releases Presley's fifth full-length, Cyclops Reap, on Apr 9.

Postscript: In my first post about Presley, I implied that he was from the Bay Area. A lot of his friends live there, but he's actually based out of Echo Park...and I think he has been for awhile.


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