White Fence-  “A Hermes Blues” (MP3) From Vol. 1

It’s a darn good time to be a fan of Tim Presley’s brand. Following his recent SXSW stay (9 shows), the Bay Area musician is in the midst of a few-months tour alongside friends/conspirators The Strange Boys and as his solo project, White Fence. There’s also new music coming: late next month, Hair, a collaborative album with guitar slayer Ty Segall will drop but as for the homespun psych pop of the WF tag, the first part of a recently-announced double album, Family Perfume is available now via Woodsist. Known for lending his hands playing with both Darker My Love and The Strange Boys and formerly The Nerve Agents, Presley’s WF output has always managed to fit comfortably in between all the aforementioned band’s vintage obsession- skuzzy and paisey-popped to perfection.

Existing since 2010, the third WF offering (or second-and-a-half if you will) follows last year’s Is Growing Faith with marginally much of the same content and style. The set is stirred up between three sorts of tracks: wayward acoustic wains, thinned-out, rabbit-hole psych bouncers and rocky, garage blisters. At 14 tracks, Vol. 1 does it duty to the grandfathers in the record collection Presley likely has- The Beatles (late), The Pretty Things, The Kinks, The Seeds, The Count Five, etc.- and stays sticky enough on the attentions of those lurking among many of the records Woodsist and In The Red are dropping these days. A scene is a scene because of like minded folks and there’s a reason Presley has a place at that (fairly long) lunchroom table. Songs like “Swagger Vets and Double Moon” and the craggle-rocking “Down PNX” sound fit nicely in the Segall collaboration mindset, while slower wayward picks like “Do You Know Ida Know” and “Hope Servatude I Have No” ooze with the sort of carefree comfort like you’re sitting right there in the living room, Presley jamming along.

There’s not much to Vol. 1 and it’s hard to take it too seriously; there’s recording fuzz and pops and the occasional “mistakes” or mis-strums, but as in his last set, the White Fence tag seems to succeed as being more of an outlet rather than fully-formed conception- a shelf that promotes (what certainly sounds like) Presley’s ideas, leftovers and meandering odds and ends. By no means a cohesive set, I imagine that once Vol. 2 drops (May 15th) and Woodsist issues the entire thing on 2xLP (still TBD) Presley’s latest decently-stirring homage to pop gone by will sit nicely with your crew and foster a appropriate soundtrack to dazed days and stoned nights.

This review originally appeared on the Mishka Bloglin.