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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


Pacifica has so many dimensions. Apocalypso was epic we all know, but dang, Pacifica is just as epic in so many ways. Pacifica is vast, Julian's vocals soar, the beat drives and the melodies transcend.

Mind Blowing in an unexpected way.

I'm a huge Presets fan and on first listen through was a little surprised but after a couple more I realize that this is an incredible mind blowing album and the next step for this group. For all you haters that want the same exact thing as the previous albums, just wait for all the remixes that will surely follow.

Great follow-up

The Presets have made a natural evolution from their previous style, and the results couldn't be more satisfying. They really took their time on this one, and it's just as good, if not better than Apocalypso.

This time, they have a more poppy, laid-back, more emotional approach.
However, they still have the charm from the previous albums, and it shows here and there. "A.O." is dark and pounding like Apocalypso, and "It's Cool" and "Push" are straight out of Beams. Singles "Youth In Trouble" and "Ghosts" nicely set the mood of the album, and the cheerful "Promises" goes to show how flexible the band is.

If you don't like this album at first, than it will grow on you. It's a joy to listen to.


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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