Presents For Sally are a band much enamoured with slightly lo-fi production, jangly indie, and the aesthetics of shoegaze. Their second record, Colours & Changes, presents their most developed work yet, with each track pulling together a host of instruments and voices to make satisfyingly-textured indie rock / pop. Double LP on coloured vinyl, from Saint Marie.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 17 September 2015
Wow look at the colour of this vinyl. If you are a fan of coloured vinyl you should buy this even if you don't like the music. It's really bright orange with massive great black splodge. Even though their name reminds me of the kind of Fiddlers Dram-like folk ensemble you'd want to kill at twelve paces, this lot play shoe-gaze.....and lots of it. They play it at 45rpm too which confused me on first listen.
Opener 'We Fought Lucifer (And Won) sounds like the Spacemen 3 if they'd learnt more than one chord though there's something of Ride in the sweet vocal harmonies. 'Wishawaytoday' not only has a title that is date stamped 1989 but has 'baggy' beats pilfered from the same era. It's a catchy little thing though. Ooph! A lady sings on 'Anything Anymore' which has some rather the Cure -like guitars and those 'Loveless' drums. They seem to veer between these poppier tunes and more dirge-like pieces -'The Sun Dehydrates' is rather like later era 14 Iced Bears and that's not a comparison you see every day but towards the end it gets really thrilling with guitars being strangled.
Ridiculously retro...yes but it's done really well and I'm sure our shoegaze lord Ian will be taking a copy home to stare endlessly at his poster of Belinda Butcher to.
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