Hailing from England, Presence is a six piece band capable of Massive Attack-styled
downtempo excursions or lush, well-written house songs. The leader of the group is
Charles Webster, who has produced numerous songs under his own name and in collaboration
with the likes of Anthony Nicholson.
Systems Gone (Ark 21, 2000)
One of the most well-rounded dance albums I have heard in a long time. The
songwriting and arrangements are structured like the classics, with strong hooks and
timely instrumental passages that don't overstay their welcome. Each vocalist brings
a different character to the material: Shara Nelson has the most traditionally soulful
voice, Sara Jay a melancholy spirit and Steve Edwards the longing
falsetto. Webster does a great job in assigning the right track to the proper
singer and pacing the album so that it doesn't stay stuck in one mood for too long.
"Sense of Danger" and "Brighter Day" were the most popular singles,
but the entire thing is steeped in quality.
On the 4th of July - Charles Webster (Statra, 2001)
Stepping out into the spotlight under his own name, Webster takes
influences from house, downtempo, and soul and records one of the year's more acclaimed
discs. Vocal assistance is provided by Terra Deva, Steve Edwards, Kevin Brown, and
Sara Jay. Essential cuts are "Ready" and "I'm Falling."
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