Could it be possible that the recent obsession over everything 80s is falling out of fashion? In the latter half of the 2000s, so much of the interesting music that came out pulled from that decade. There was always a certain parallel between the decadence of the 80s and the neon soaked internet world we live in today. Often times, gaudy synths and drum machines were perfectly expressive of the 21st century technological freak out. It was truly music for our time. Additionally, how could anyone possibly top or even channel the energy of those bands from the 60s who introduced us to rock and roll. That whole world just appeared to be so far away from us now and the whole idea seemed kind of sacrilegious. Now, it seems there is an interesting synergy happening that could possibly gesture towards the next wave of quality music. Foxygen, Tame Impala, and Tim Presley's White Fence
are immersing themselves wholly in 60s psychedelia and so far the results have been nothing short of refreshing. It's not that these bands are simply rehashing the tunes that inspired them, they are also bringing their own modern sensibility to the equation. Earlier today, White Fence premiered their new song "To the Boy" and it's pretty damn excellent. White Fence is hardly the first band to dabble in the Beatles discography, but for the first time, it feels like they are expanding on the sound rather than simply copying it. The song is also decidedly 'latter days' Beatles. Think "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" not "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Here's to hoping we start to see more and more stuff coming out in this vein.
After putting out three records last year, one being a collaborative with Ty Segall and two of their own, White Fence will release Cyclops Reap
on April 8th via Castle Face, the label run by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees.