Album Review

White Fence – “White Fence” – [Make a Mess Records]

lombard   5/4/2010   12-inch, A Library

When I first put needle to vinyl I was sure that this LP from White Fence must be a reissue of a long-forgotten 1960s artifact. It’s actually a new 2010 release by Los Angeles-based Tim Presley who clearly has a deep appreciation for Beatles-style pop, psychedelia and retro rock. At times garagy, with forays into melodic pop, this release is imbued with a grooviness from days gone by. With warbly male vocals, pronounced keyboards, guitar jams, and lyrics referencing “San Francisco hair,” it’s hard not to miss the sonic and cultural references to the days of peace, love, and mind-alteration. My favorite track, “Baxter Corner” is a bit of a departure, with more of a punk edge and insistent vocals. Enjoy the trip back.

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