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.