Brooklyn-based GIFT unveils “Stuck In A Dream,” the new single from their album, Momentary Presence, which is out today on Dedstrange. With a fascinating sound that draws from the best of shoegaze, dream pop, noise rock and post-punk, GIFT’s Momentary Presence is a natural match for the new label co-founded by Oliver Ackermann of New York City noise-rock and psychedelic legends A Place to Bury Strangers and Death by Audio. It’s also a mediation on working through the anxiety and self doubt that we all, at one point, carry.
GIFT bandleader TJ Freda draws from Be Here Now, the 1971 spiritual guide and counterculture landmark by guru Ram Dass. Like all of us, Freda has been through plenty over the last few years; relocation, heartbreak, and crises in the lives of those close to him. He’s discovered transcendence through music: he and his bandmates Jessica Gurewitz, Kallan Campbell, Justin Hrabovsky, and Cooper Naess have a knack for conjuring soundscapes that are simultaneously turbulent and gorgeous. Together, they’ve crafted a live experience that extends the spell that the album casts, and pushes the songs in wildly improvisatory directions. They’ve been selling out shows in Brooklyn for awhile now. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on. This message, this music — this GIFT — is for everyone.