White Fence For the Recently Found Innocent
“My room was tired of me, so we took a break, and I f*cked some other room.” White Fence mastermind Tim Presley penned that in a letter accompanying his new sixth album, and though recording in a new room might not sound significant, this particular new room happened to be the garage of one Ty Segall. Presley’s buddy, with whom he collaborated on 2012’s Hair LP, is on board as full producer here, and Segall’s influence seems to have inched White Fence one smidge closer to twisted-pop perfection.
For the Recently Found Innocent picks up from last year’s choice Cyclops Reap writing-wise—showcasing Presley’s clever hooks and retro-British (though he’s not) constructs—but in a less fuzzy, less fragmented sonic environment. That allows for full focus on the songs, and the songs, whoa, baby. “Sandra (When the Earth Dies)” and its simple-yet-stunning organ pump. “Wolf Gets Red Faced,” proving Presley’s melodic immediacy can stretch past five minutes. The piano-fueled “Raven on White Cadillac,” so stately it brings to mind Arthur-era Kinks. “Arrow Man,” destined to have you shouting, “Give my seat to Arrow Man!” And roaring closer “Paranoid Bait,” which sounds like, well, something birthed in Ty Segall’s garage.