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With their third studio album, Pacifica, the Australian electro duo The Presets have created handsomely crafted dance music that’s enveloped in '80s synth-pop gloss without succumbing to complete throwback trappings. “Youth in Trouble” opens with percolating keyboard tones and muted handclap beats that recall early New Order. But the fresh production mix and Julian Hamilton’s smooth, unaffected vocals tip the scales on the side of originality. The bewitching “Ghosts” moves at a slower pace, wrapped in the darker hues of nightlife neon reflected in city street puddles. This shadowy and grimy elegance is perpetuated throughout Pacifica, giving the album a sweaty, smeared-eyeliner feel not explored in The Presets' preceding recordings. "Promises" plays like a sonic hair-of-the-dog cocktail mixed by Rick Astley, while “Push” blends those shopping-mall Casio tones with enough progressive house and trance flourishes to score all kinds of after-party mischief. “Fast Seconds” interweaves similarly sinister moods with bubbling house accouterments to make for an interesting contrast of textures. The Presets change up the mood with the more dance floor–friendly “Fall.” 

Customer Reviews

the presets never seize to amaze!!

each album is different & keep you wanting more!!

Best album of 2012

Best album of 2012

I missed this last September but it is summer perfection for me now!

I have put several of these songs on summer mixes that are getting heavy rotation and positive feedback.


Formed: 2003 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australi

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s

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...
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