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- LAMC No. 12 by White Fence / Jack Name
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 23 October 2014
Famous Class keep rolling out the big names on their ever-expanding series of split 7"s, which have already featured the likes of Future Islands, Deerhoof, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin to name but a handful. This one's got a couple of lo-fi garage-pop weirdos - White Fence on one side and and Jack Name on the other.
Mr Fence is offering 'Nero (Has A Lot To Think About)', a strange meandering bit of British Invasion-influenced tumbledown psychedelic pop full of twinkling xylophones, jangly guitars and a somewhat Syd Barrett-ish vocal delivery. It's hard not to refer to Barrett when talking about White Fence I find, he's such a prominent influence on this idiosyncratic and self-sabotaging psych pop sound. It's a perfectly decent song but I do think his sound works better on a full-length album where you get a chance to acclimatise to his awkward aesthetic and get through to the meat of the tunes.
On the other side, relative newcomer Mr Name has an eerie bit of lo-fi weirdness full of wibbly analogue synth bleeps, greasy drones and sinewy vocal mumbles, with the layers of discordant textures slowly mounting in intensity. Think Joe Meek gone full creepy. Then it bursts into an unsettling chorus that's like a drunken Talking Heads. Both pretty cool tracks for fans of lo-fi garage pop oddness.
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