Published Jul 18, 2014After five solid psychedelic rock records, Tim Presley has finally decided to emerge from the confines of his bedroom studio on To The Recently Found Innocent. For his sixth effort under the White Fence moniker, Presley headed down to Ty Segall's garage studio in Los Angeles to record with his long-time friend and musical cohort. The result marks the first time in the history of White Fence that Presley has brought in other musicians and used more sophisticated studio equipment to help with his recordings; until now, Presley had rarely strayed from his 4-track solo recording system.
On Innocent, Segall's influence and the use of greater studio space prove welcome additions to Presley's repertoire, as he explores realms beyond the murky, solitary aesthetic of his previous home recordings. It's more accessible, for one; though he retains his signature 1960s psychedelic sound throughout, the album feels much less experimental than his previous work. The higher-tech studio setup brings a much fuller and brighter sound to Presley's songs, making his voice and lyrics are more audible than they've ever been. On sunny first single "Like That," Presley sounds less like Syd Barrett and more like the Kinks than ever before. To The Recently Found Innocent explores welcome new directions; rather than messing with a good formula, Presley has opened up to new ways of approaching it. (Drag City)