I bought this CD after hearing just one song: Down Down Down.
Based on that track, one would envision an "electronic punk" band.
The CD starts off with a toe-tapping,
"B Movie theme" of a song in Steamworks,rolls into a true-rock sound with
Are You the One, and follows up with the dancy, Down Down Down.
Up next, we take a detour into the classic '80s sound of Girl and the Sea,
and an interlude into two instrumentals:Black Background(at 1:37 seconds long) and Worms .
While moody, I think the songs lack some depth in ambience that should define mood music.
Or maybe that's 'cause I can't wait for Kitty in the Middle of It to start ...
Hill Stuck(at 1:41 seconds in length) does porvide a nice ambience, right before
an off the wall track in Girl(You Chew My Mind Up). I Go Hard, I Go Home shows
a nice, dark techno side of the Presets,spiced up with some interesting vocal bits.
From here, we delve into an almost neo new-wave feel of Bad Up Your Betterness,
and cap the CD off with the surprising title song Beams.
Another instrumental,the track Beams is a cut above the other songs, and completely
out of place on this disk ! It's dreamy; with horns and a great ambience that leaves you
with a feel-good notion that most of the noise on this disk was crafted by someone with
real talent. Not that I liked the song all that much...but that's cool .
In review, The Presets / Beams CD music is different than anything else in my collection ,
it defies any genre because of the diverse music tracks,and is well worth the price of admission..
live it, play it over and over again, get a feel for the Presets !