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Albums of the week: White Fence and Martyrdod

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Two very different records duke it out for the title of this week’s best album release: in the red corner we have White Fence, the once lo-fi solo project of former Darker My Love front-man and Strange Boy Tim Presley, whose full band assisted, Ty Segall produced To The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City) harkens back to an age of innocence (!) that most of us – including Presley himself – are far too young to recall, spiking ‘60s Brit-beat inspired paisley pop with twisted folk melodies and mind-bending psych-rock; wearing the (blackened) blue shorts, meanwhile, we have Swedish crust-punk warriors Martyrdod, whose new Southern Lord LP Elddop distills all the elements toyed with on previous efforts (sludgy doom, pummeling D–beat, hardcore howls, blistering thrash riffage) into an all-killer 45-minute metal master-class that blurs the lines between sub-genres and will surely have head-bangers of all ages throwing their horns up in unison. Neither band are too concerned with breaking old habits – this is album number five in ten years for Martyrdod, and the sixth since 2010 for Presley – but right now they both seem to have their shit together to the point where it feels like they are at the top of their respective games. It’s fair to assume that fans of one might not necessarily appreciate the other, but check out White Fence’s “Like That” above and Elddop’s title track below and prepare yourself for the possibility that both might just tickle your fancy.
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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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