Album review: Tim Presley, “The Wink”

by Jon E. Lynch

Tim Presley, “The Wink”

Available: Now via Drag City as a digital download in both mp3 and FLAC formats, cassette, CD and standard black vinyl LP.

Tim Presley is a grinder. Depending on whom you ask, you’ll get a different answer as to who he is and the sort of music he makes. An enigma punctuated with a question mark and an exclamation point. Some might know his work with LA psych outfit Darker My Love or hardcore punkers The Nerve Agents. He’s had short stints as a member with Austin-based garage rockers The Strange Boys and was even a brief member of (and recurring collaborator with) The Fall. Presley has famously collaborated and released records under varying monikers with Cate Le Bon and Ty Segall. I first came across his work as lo-fi psych-folk and Woodsist recording artist White Fence.

The man has been busy, to put it mildly. Between 2010 and 2014, Presley released six LPs and his “Hair” collaboration with Ty Segall. This is his first release under his own name proper and an appropriate culmination of his work to date. The collection of songs on “The Wink” covers the ground from sparse-yet-dynamic piano clamoring, straight forward absurdist folk, lo-fi garage dirges, and also features production by Le Bon and backing from Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa.

Recommended for those who dig the idiosyncratic stylings of Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers, David Byrne, Daniel Johnston or Calvin Johnson and Beat Happening.

Jon E. Lynch[email protected]


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