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Presents For Sally

Let it be said that Presents For Sally is a real gift. A gift that will stay close to your heart and ears for many, many years to come. A real gem amongst the many flash in the pans clamoring for your listening attention.

Presents For Sally are husband and wife team Matt and Anna Etherton, joined by drummer Luke Feierabend who also sorts out effects and other accompanying noises. Located just outside the seaport city of Bristol, England, you will often find them playing and carousing in town, often with Bristol’s The Fauns.

Though Matt is originally from Maidstone, Kent, he eventually moved to Glastonbury where he met Anna. Anna had decided that she wanted to establish a band so she put an ad up in a local Glastonbury record shop seeking a guitarist. Matt got the gig and the band was called Tilted Exposure which sounded more like an early Hole and PJ Harvey hybrid. As time went along, Anna and Matt worked on their own musical ideas and demos, one of which was to become their debut single, “Catch Your Fall” which was one of their works that got them recognition to a niche of Shoegazers around the world.

Presents For Sally - "Catch Your Fall" 7" vinyl

We were also gifted with Presents For Sally when they released a track on the 2008 compilation The Secret Garden Vol 1: (Nu-gaze: The New Wave of Shoegaze) which was released on Geoff Barrow’s Invada Records label. Yes, folks, Geoff Barrow from the renowned Bristol Trip-Hop innovators, Portishead. Their track “Flowers Falling Sideways” was one of the highlights of the album which is very reminiscent of the sweet blissful drones of those other great British Shoegazers, Air Formation. You will find them nestled snuggly amongst other such Nu-Gaze favorites as Thought Forms , 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, Rumskib, Malory, Kyte, Soundpool, Fleeting Joys, The Fauns, Butterfly Explosion, Orange Yellow Red, Amusement Parks On Fire and Ulrich Schnauss. A collection that helped to make all of these names familiar to the world of Nu-Gaze.

Presents For Sally - "A Touch Of Joy, A Touch Of Sadness"

Along the way, there were a series of live appearances, the official 7″ vinyl single release of “Catch Your Fall” backed with “Smooch”, lots of thoughtful and careful writing, recording and mixing. Eventually, November 2010 brought us the release of Presents For Sally’s debut full length album, A Touch Of Joy, A Touch Of Sadness on Michael Savage’s of The Fauns Laserghost Records.

Having made an impression within the Shoegaze community, don’t be fooled by thinking that this is the only sound the band chooses to work with. Between the three of them, they bring a whole host of interests and influences which can be heard in their various selections throughout the album. Bits and pieces of Grunge, Shoegaze, Madchester, Hip Hop, Punk and Post Rock can all be found throughout the disc yet in a very complementary and cohesive manner which proves to us that Presents For Sally have their own unique sound they can proudly call their own.

It’s not just the music that has garnered the attention of many but also their gorgeous bright and colorful cover art which is bound to catch the eye of anyone strolling through the aisles of their local record shops or online vendors. The kind you intentionally place in the front of your own collection just to decorate your humblest of abodes. Credit goes to Anna for the arrangement and designs and Luke took the photographs. The beautiful candy colors reveal the playful innocence and lush washes of what you will hear inside.

Hoping to be an active part of the upcoming Record Store Day this April, Presents For Sally are putting their efforts together to release a one off single. Time and funds are of the essence so we shall have to see. A couple years ago the band released a CD single for the event and appreciated being able to be a part of the whole experience.

Other possibilities in the works; again, depending mostly on funds; is a 7″ vinyl release featuring one of the 7 or 8 new tracks they’ve got stashed away and hopefully a 12″ EP of the title song from “A Touch Of Joy, A Touch Of Sadness” with 3 of their newer tracks.

On the tour front, Presents For Sally are in the process of rehearsing live shows and hoping to broaden their reach. Wanting to fill out their sound, they are looking to expand to a full band. This will allow them to abandon some of the backing tracks they’ve previously used for live shows and reserving them for cool beefed up effects such as backwards guitars and various washes. Depending less on backing tracks, they expect their live performances to have a much rawer sound. They also plan to have more input from the entire band with writing for the new album. Could we hear a whole new sound from Presents For Sally? You’ll just have to stay tuned to Air Atlantic Underground Radio and stay current with the band to find out.

In the meantime, Presents For Sally has provided the listeners of Air Atlantic Underground Radio and the readers of the Air Atlantic Underground website the distinct honor of obtaining free downloads of several of their new songs. These are all exclusive presents for you from Presents For Sally and Air Atlantic Underground Radio.

Presents from Presents For Sally:
Presents For Sally – (Promo Demo B Side) – A Different Kind Of Crazy (An Air Atlantic Underground Radio Exclusive!)
Presents For Sally – (Promo B Side) – Three (An Air Atlantic Underground Radio Exlusive!)
Presents For Sally – (Brand New Demo) – Needing You More (An Air Atlantic Underground Radio Exclusive!)

To get polished up and completed official releases from Presents For Sally, below you will find links to various vendors that sell Presents For Sally CDs, vinyl and digital MP3s. Listed also are a few locations where you can find Presents For Sally around the net. Go ‘Like’ and befriend them to keep up with the latest updates and be the first to find out about their new album, currently in production. At the moment, all Presents For Sally products have been limited to UK releases but easy enough to procure from other parts of the world. (Hint: look below.) That may well change very soon as the band are currently talking with a few distributors hoping to put out a few US releases.

Presents For Sally on MySpace
Presents For Sally Facebook page (Go ‘Like’ and say ‘Hi’)
Presents For Sally on Soundclound
Presents For Sally shop
Presents For Sally – A Touch of Joy, a Touch of Sadness MP3s via Amazon
Presents For Sally CD via Amazon UK
Presents For Sally on iTunes

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PS: To date, Presents For Sally are the winners of the Best of 2010 on Air Atlantic Underground Radio poll. This poll is probably still open so go place your votes.

Daniel Land

If you are out and about in the land up north, you may well run into quite a sociable character named Daniel Land. Daniel; Danny or Dan to his many friends; is making a mark for himself as one of the areas’ prominent musicians. Besides being a musician, Daniel has even had the pleasure to host a very small concert by Jane Siberry right in his very own living room! Though Daniel is originally from way down south in Exeter, Devon; that land up north that he now calls home is Manchester, England.

As if you haven’t figured it out already, Daniel is the main man who fronts the band, Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. The other members of the band are Graeme Meikle, Oisin Scarlett, Andrew Galpin and Jason Magee.

When The Painters aren’t around, Daniel spends some of his time with a much more Ambient personal project he calls Riverrun on Saint Cecilia Records. Imagine relaxing by the side of a babbling brook on a warm and sunny day with nothing to do but watch the grass grow and the frogs jump about. That’s the sort of soothing feeling you get while listening to the gentle Ambient tones and rhythms of Riverrun. Oh, did I just say that listening to Riverrun was like watching grass grow!? Oh, my! Believe me, it’s all good and just what the doctor ordered to relax all those tethered nerves from all of the manic frustrations of everyday life. Don’t believe me? Give it a good spin and feel your stress wash away into the ether. Think Brian Eno when he decided to chill out a bit and create all that wonderful Ambient background music, ala his Music For Airports series. Daniel’s admiration for one of his mentors is quite evident with his Riverrun project. You can find Riverrun’s Pentimento at Daniel Land’s Big Cartel shop along with several releases from Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. There is also a very limited 2nd album on it’s way at this very moment called La Mer, again on Saint Cecelia Records. Finally, for Riverrun’s devoted fans, there’s also a digital single release of “Hamworthy Common (Parts I & II)” distributed as a free download on the BFW Recordings website.

Daniel Land puts his guitar down and goes to it on synth

Daniel Land & The Modern Painters’ first release was an EP in 2007 they called Voss. From my understanding, it’s long sold out but you can still purchase a digital copy from CD Baby. In 2008, it was followed up with another EP called Imagining October which was later rereleased to satisfy further demand. The Sonic Cathedral label released the band’s 7″ vinyl single of “Within The Boundaries” (Schnauss/Peters Mix), originally from the Voss EP, backed with “Benjamin’s Room” (Schnauss/Peters Mix). Next they came along in 2009 with what is considered the band’s debut full length album, Love Songs For The Chemical Generation, a glorious journey through the enchanted land of Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. Yet another sold out item*. Are you sensing a trend here? Never fear! You can purchase a digital copy at the band’s Bandcamp shop.

* (Editing Note: Just got word that there are still a few copies of Love Songs For The Chemical Generation left at the band’s Big Cartel shop. Get them now before they too are sold out!)

A busy man, that Daniel! He’s also a contributor to a local band called The Steals among other projects that he’s involved in. Too many, I suspect, for even he to keep track of!

But wait, there’s more. When the up and coming critically acclaimed Engineers went through a shake up and needed to replace two of it’s members, Daniel Land stepped up to the plate with his trusty bass guitar to help beef up the band after Mark Peters moved over to take the lead on guitar. Still in need of another member, Ulrich Schnauss was right by his side ready to fill in with his magical keyboard and technical skills. Here, at the time, we fans feared that Engineers were breaking up. Little did we know what they had up their musical sleeves to tantalize the masses. You can hear Daniel’s contributions on the Engineers latest 2010 album on Kscope Records called In Praise Of More.

All of this, combined with all of the touring that he does with his various musical endeavors, leads me to one conclusion: Daniel never sleeps. He can’t. How would he ever find the time? Truly one of this generation’s musical wonders.

~ Stream or download for free Riverrun’s “Hamworthy Common (Parts I & II)” at the BFW Recordings website:

Daniel Land’s Big Cartel Shop
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters on Facebook
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters on MySpace

Riverrun on Facebook
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