White Fence Cyclops Reap

White FenceCyclops Reap
There are two popular, and opposing, strands of '60s revivalism currently trending in indie music circles. There's the DIY garage rock of bands like the King Khan and BBQ Show and the Black Lips, while at the other end there's the more polished, studio-heavy psychedelia of acts like Jacco Gardner and Maston. Tim Presley's project, White Fence, bridges the gap between these two styles, combining slow-burning psychedelics and effects with lo-fi, rock'n'roll instrumentation. As the album art for single "Pink Gorilla" suggests, Presley's latest release, Cyclops Reap, sounds like a hazy day stroll through a mystically foggy marsh. Presley's other band, the Strange Boys, dabble in '60s rock, but with White Fence, he heads far deeper into the abyss of Nuggets-inspired psychedelia. Like buddy Ty Segall, Presley produces an effectively nasally John Lennon vocal impression on tracks like "To the Boy I Jumped in the Hemlock Alley." Between playing with the Strange Boys and recording side-projects with Segall, Tim Presley is certainly a busy man. But as Cyclops Reap shows, Presley still finds time to put a great deal of thought and effort into his solo project, producing tripped-out, acidic '60s jams. Sixties music may be a bit of a fad at the moment, but that doesn't mean it can't also sound great when done well. (Woodsist)