Tim Pres­ley’s White Fence

★★★ I Have To Feed Larry’s Hawk DRAG CITY. CD/DL/LP/MC

Mojo (UK) - - World - An­drew Perry

El­lip­ti­cal lo-fi in­ti­ma­cies from con­nected LA alt-freak.

Pres­ley, a mid2000s alum­nus of The Fall who fea­tured on Joy with Ty Se­gall, and in Drinks along­side Cate Le Bon, here re­turns to his own alias after a four-year lay-off. The un­pre­dictable dit­ties on this sev­enth WF out­ing were penned on Le Bon’s pi­ano dur­ing a so­journ in the Lake Dis­trict, then patched to­gether, with lit­tle care for fi­nesse, with as­sorted help in San Fran­cisco. Built around a sim­ple, loope­dup sus­pense-thriller pi­ano mo­tif, the open­ing ti­tle track (and what a ti­tle!) sets a per­va­sively puz­zling mood: you feel un­ease, cu­rios­ity, but what’s the guy on about? Duck­ing and div­ing be­tween ivories and six-string (acous­tic, with the odd elec­tric lick: scratchy Beef­heartian skank Un­til You Walk), his reedyvoice makes for a Syd Bar­rett at­tempt­ing Todd Rund­gren’s Some­thing/Any­thing? record, full of com­pul­sive tunes, but ever off-cen­tre.

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