Posts Tagged ‘sound of confusion’

Presents for Sally at Sound of Confusion

There are no two ways about it: Presents For Sally are ace, and they only seem to be getting better. Their second album ‘Colours and Changes’ is due on September 11th, so the proof will be in the pudding, but if you listen back to the gorgeous ‘Anything Anymore’ which we reviewed a couple of years ago and will also feature, along with ‘Sing’ which we posted not long after, and then add new single ‘Wishawaytoday’, they’re already three tracks into what could be one of the best shoegaze albums of recent times. That might be a bold statement, but as a site that follows the genre quite closely, this is already on its way to being one of the singles of the year to our ears.

What’s great about ‘Wishawaytoday’ is the total lack of pretense. Presents For Sally have set out to make a shoegaze track that sounds like it could have been made in 1991 and would have been a highlight of the career of just about any of the bands who first engaged in their passion for walls of fuzz, effects pedals, a little dreaminess and a soft vocal that sits right in the middle of the mix. This is lush, it’s melodic, it’s bristling with static energy and it’s incredibly moreish with a chorus that soars. With such a huge amount of bands turning their hand to similar sounds it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the pack, but on first listen, this jumped straight out. Bring on the album.

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Hobbes Fanclub at The Sound of Confusion

Fresh from playing this years’ Indietracks festival, Bradford trio The Hobbes Fanclub will be releasing their long-awaited (they formed in 2010) debut album ‘Up At Lagrange’ on August 19th and it’s already had some very nice things said about it. Even a cursory listen to single ‘Stay Gold’ will let you know why, and the fact that past singles have been brought to us by ever reliable labels such as Cloudberry and Dufflecoat add strength to the argument that this is one guitar-pop band who are going to be worth a little of your time.

With a sweet hook and some distant and reverberating drums, there is a dreampop element to this song, and the vocals are also given a good coat of echo and pushed back in the mix for an added ethereal vibe. Don’t go thinking wishy-washy twee-pop though, because the constant buzz of guitar creates a wall of beautiful noise which acts as the canvas on which these different sheets of sound are placed. The production is spot on, but with a track this strong, it’d be a challenge to bugger it up really.

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