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Presents for Sally at the JangleDrop

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Presents for Sally at Sound & Vision

A Presents for Sally no le han hecho tanto ruido en la prensa en estos últimos años. Normalmente no se les toma en cuenta cuando se habla de los cuatro o cinco nombres importantes para la nueva oleada del shoegazing. Pero es injusto. Los ingleses no le piden nada a Beliefs, Ringo Deathstarr, Power Pyramid, Cheatahs o The Stargazer Lilies, al contrario, pueden presumir de atributos que otros no dominarían tan fácil como el tener sus preceptos musicales bien cimentados, las raíces bien identificadas y el respeto a un concepto sonoro más claros que muchos de sus colegas allá afuera.

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Presents for Sally at Drowned in Sound

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Presents for Sally at Primal

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Static Daydream, Presents for Sally, Pinkshinyultrablast at The Blog That Celebrates Itself

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Presents for Sally at Razorcake

Very accurate ‘90s shoegaze dream pop that pairs well with cooler temperatures and falling leaves and insert-favorite-autumn-thing-here. Too much of a copycat band for me to really get down with them, but they’ve got charm. “We Fought Lucifer (And Won)” and “Sleep Tight” could easily soundtrack your “College Dorm, 1993”-themed Halloween party.

Presents for Sally, Static Daydream, Pinkshinyultrablast at Shoegazer Alive 9

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Presents for Sally at Dagger

So it’s on the Saint Marie label which I like so that was a plus and I like the minimal cover of all orange with a few drawings of black birds and the words Presents for Sally in block letters at the bottom got me interested as well. Put it on and it didn’t grab me immediately, but I liked it enough to play it a few more times and by play number three or four I really began to like it. They hail from the UK , are a trio (2 guys and one gal) and fit in nicely on the Saint Marie stable, which is to say sticky melodies buried beneath mounds of fuzzed-out guitars. In fact, a few of the song titles give you an idea of what the band would sound like: “Wishawaytoday,” “The Sun Dehydrates” and the closing “Softly Spoken/Outside Honey” (all good songs, too). Opening song (the awesomely titled “We Fought Lucifer (and won)” is a good way to start off a record and also don’t miss “Everything I Said” and the melodic “Sing” (which could/should be a single). These guys obviously have some stuff on the Creation label in their collections and me assuming that is fine as these folks know what they want to accomplish and how to go about it. Nothing wrong with that.

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Presents for Sally at Performer

Lost in atmospheric euphoria is where you will find yourself when listening to Presents For Sally’s latest release, Colours & Changes. The album itself is rooted in spacey guitars, swelling feedback and echoing vocals. There is ample room to breath, and the album feels befitting of a long move away from home. “Anything Anymore” succeeds in this space, while “Sleep Tight” operates in more constrained territory — the band is seemingly at their best when they’re reining it in (ever so slightly). This is for when finding your way is exploring more space.

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Presents for Sally at POP! Stereo

You know you’re old when you’ve lived through a movement long enough to see kids fascinated by it and decide to imitate and embrace it wholeheartedly. Such is me and the case of Presents for Sally. This band so encapsulates the Oxford and Leeds shoegazing scenes from the 90’s that it makes me feel like a proud parent. The scene that celebrated itself 20 or so years ago has had kids and they’re taking after their parents and that’s well pleasing.
Anyway, Presents for Sally’s album Colours & Changes is an amalgamation of everything that made Ride and the Pale Saints fantastic. There’s enough hazy vocals, phase shifted guitars, floor staring, and epic riffs that stretch on to infinity to make any fan blush. Colours & Changesis a brilliant album that layers harmonies upon harmonies, processes guitars into the stratosphere and leaves things just rough enough so that it all seems like it was recorded shortly after 7am on a Monday morning. Presents for Sally have really done a great job of embracing the past and fondly trying to make it sound like something different. They succeed for the most part as certain aspects of this record seemingly want to venture into US indie rock territory while firmly utilizing enough effects to reign in the bombast.
From the opening waves of, “We Fought Lucifer (And Won)” to the epic psychedelia of, “Softly Spoken/Outside Honey,” Colours & Changes is a gauzy treat of sonic bliss. I know bands like this are a dime a dozen now days but so few are honest and sincere in their approach; Presents for Sally are sincere and it shows on how each of the songs here rings true. They may be called Presents for Sally but the real gift is us being able to enjoy Colours & Changes.

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