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DRINKS is the name of the new project by Tim Presley of White Fence and Cate Le Bon, a meeting of minds which seemed inevitable since Cate relocated to California to record her third album Mug Museum in 2013, and subsequently joined White Fence's touring line-up. Presley's reputation on the psych-rock scene is second to none, when you consider his early work with Darker My Love, collaborations with Ty Segall, and to date, six albums of his own under the White Fence name.

Their official press release makes them sound like Siamese twins or something, as they say that DRINKS is "a solo project, not a collaboration. One mouth, one set of lungs, one mind and four legs."

The influences which inform their solo work are evident here, and it is fair to say that if you enjoy any of their previous releases you will get something out of Hermits on Holiday. 'Laying Down Rock' mixes White Fence's familiar Syd Barrett stylings with Cate's cyclical guitar lines, and the title track itself is a naggingly catchy piece of psychedelic folk-pop. 'Spilt the Beans' is wonderfully trippy with Cate droning the line "windows in my house" with a detached cool worthy of Nico, whilst 'Cannon Mouth' sounds like Silver Apples meets '70s krautrock with Cate's vocal sounding stretched and bubbly.

Presley moonlighted as a guitarist with the Fall a few years ago and 'Focus on the Street' could be a'Psycho Mafia'-era cut, and is not the last time the influence of Mark E Smith and co is felt, as 'She Walks So Fast' is built around angular riffing worthy of them.

Closing track 'Time Between' is a wonderful blend of all the influences - it could fit easily on either of the pair's respective albums - giving credence to the "one mind" statement they made.

Whether or not you will get into this album-length "don't-call-it-a-collaboration" from these twin talents will be determined by your reaction to the six-minute wig-out track 'Tim, Do I Like That Dog?'. With shades of Can and Faust, it is a clattering, seemingly improvised piece, with freeform drums and wild guitar solos, as Cate drops the repetitive question "Do I like that dog?". Is this some wild tangent that makes their music more edgy and exciting, or is it just a couple of mates mucking about? Or best of all, could it be that DRINKS aren't afraid to have a laugh, and they are actually enjoying this psychedelic music lark.

Whichever it is, it does underline the fact that this music comes naturally to both of them, and on Hermits on Holiday they have knocked out nine fascinating tracks with effortless skill.

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