THE PRESETS "pacifica"

bought this one on the weekend purely because the single "ghosts"
suckered me in straight away on MTV the other week.
third album by this Aussie duo(first one i own)..
relying heavily on synths and percussion/drums.
lots and lots of catchy tunes herewithin.
two track i totally love here..."ghosts" and "A.O." and another
couple i can take or leave..but all up a good album, should do well
overseas when released there, not sure the album will do
well outside of Australia but the single "ghosts" should do
very well assuming they get the right conections like Gotye did.
rating: 1.9 or 3.5/5

from the album:
(ignore the crappy video even if it is shot well, and concentrate on the song)
review from ""

[-]by Gregory HeaneyAustralian electro duo the Presets create a kind of temporal convergence, blending electronic music's past with its present on their third album, Pacifica. Making modern dance music with the feel of synth pop, the pair are able to pull off an interesting sonic trick, delivering an album that feels distinctly '80s without actually sounding like it's from that era. While Pacifica's production is crisp and clear, the album has a dark vibe running through it, adding a vaguely unsettling feeling to the songs' pulsing rhythms to give the whole thing a nocturnal feeling. This approach goes a long way in helping the album feel like something new rather than just a rehash of the past, giving a nod to groups like New Order without lifting anything directly out of their playbook. While the album might be shrouded in a veneer of synth pop, the nuts and bolts come straight from the world of progressive house/trance, providing Pacifica with the necessary propulsion to send the album racing off into the dark unknown, making it the ideal soundtrack to the after party after the after party. While the murky atmosphere and late-night pulse of songs like "Push" and "Fast Seconds," might not immediately scream fun, there's something undeniably engaging about them, highlighting the Presets' knack for hooking straight into that part of the brain that demands you hit the floor and dance until the sun comes crawling over the horizon.


The Presets are a pair of avant-garde Aussies who, while forging a musical path that wouldn't be unfamiliar to acts like Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails, and the Faint, don't mind dragging disco along for the ride. Julian Hamilton (production, keyboards, vocals) and Kimberley Moyes (production, drums, programming) met in the early '90s as students at Sydney's Conservatorium of Music. Both were there to study classical music, but as they delved into the great composers, neither could forget an extracurricular love of '80s pop: the Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, Björk, New Order. So instead of abandoning their passion for music's lighter side, they bonded over it, composing music at school by day and dancing to acid house by night. Eventually, they joined the band Prop together, cranking out several albums of experimental instrumental music that won them critical plaudits across Australia. The Presets were born as an offshoot of Prop -- when Hamilton and Moyes wanted to remix a track with harder electronic edges, they did so under the Presets moniker.

In 2003, with a distinctively spiky disco-dipped sound and several years of collaboration boosting them, they released a demo; the influential Aussie label Modular wasted no time adding The Presets to its roster. A first EP, the relatively hard-driving Blowup, featuring guitar work from Silverchair's Daniel Johns, arrived the same year as the duo first hit the Australian stage circuit. In 2004, the mellower Girl and the Sea, whose title track was featured on the TV show The O.C., was released, and 2005's Down Down Down, the disc that established The Presets as a band worthy of Euro buzz, followed. With momentum on their side, The Presets also released Beams in Australia in 2005; in April of 2006, a month after it found favor with electro-freak-loving British fans, Beams lit a path into U.S. record stores. The pair returned in 2008 with a darker, more refined sound on its follow-up, Apocalypso, which would go on to become the first dance album to win the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Award for Album of the Year. Their third album, Pacifica, arrived in the summer of 2012.