GIFT – the Brooklyn-based psych-rock quintet – have announced their debut album, Momentary Presence, out October 14th on Dedstrange, and shares the lead single/video, “Gumball Garden.” Momentary Presence introduces bandleader TJ Freda as a sorcerous and versatile home-recording engineer, with “Gumball Garden” demonstrating his keen ability to get guitars and synths to melt all over a track. Momentary Presence contains recordings that seem to tease something seismic coming around the corner, as well as dense, layered productions that feel complete, definitive, and impermeable. Each moment has richness, complexity, and singularity. Once it’s gone, it can’t be recaptured. Can you be present? Can you open yourself up and appreciate it in its fullness – the ugliness and confusion as well as the beauty and joy? The members of GIFT believe you can. Momentary Presence is a chronicle of that chase, and a celebration of the eternal now.
“I wrote this song way before most people knew what the word pandemic meant,” Freda says of “Gumball Garden.” “I had a dream in late 2019 where I woke up one day and there was nobody on earth. I was walking around looking for any forms of life to no avail. It was sad but also strangely peaceful. When the pandemic happened, this song took on a whole new meaning. We did wake up one day and the streets were empty. Everyone had gone away. This song is about finding peace in solitude.”