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.
While Family Perfume treads familiar ground, it does it well, as well as anyone since the weird ramblings of Elephant 6's Olivia Tremor Control and Apples in Stereo. Good melodies, weird noises, basement tape production-what's not to love?
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").
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.