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  • Summary: The first volume of a planned two album release is the third full-length release for Tim Presley.
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  1. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    Family Perfume Vol. 1 wafts with a brilliant array of aromas, drifting from atmospheric psychedelia to homegrown folk melodies that leave a lingering sweetness in your mouth.
  2. If the album in its entirety feels open-ended, well, that's because it is, but by any measure Family Perfume is a pleasantly disarming ride, loaded with great, barely noticeable moments.
  3. May 11, 2012
    76
    Presley finds melodic inspiration in classic rock, but blurs his reference points toward punk by coating the music in lo-fi grit. His third proper album, Family Perfume, doubles down on those zonked out inclinations.
  4. 70
    The album's greatest quality is its experimentation, its occasional burst of punk emotion ("Soaring pique daily number 2″) and the way it can transition seamlessly into feel-good organ and upbeat acoustic guitar on the next track ("A Hermes Blues").
  5. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    Vol. 1 is commendable and helps make the album a worthy addition to White Fence's excellently warped catalog.
  6. Jul 9, 2012
    60
    The record's a dream for lovers of acid-fried psychedelia. [Jun 2012, p.158]
  7. May 17, 2012
    50
    The unpredictable mix incites some strange transitions, occasionally cutting off promising grooves to the album's detriment ("Groundskeeper Rag," especially, peaks prematurely). But what Family Perfume lacks in momentum it makes up for in brevity.

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