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Top Tunes From Down Under
on 29 September 2012
With their third album 'Pacifica' Australian duo The Presets (Julian Hamilton,
vocals and keys and Kim Moyes, Drums and keys) have delivered as good a
collection of inventive electro-pop as we are likely to experience this year.
What they have in spades is the ability to create really good tunes which
transcend the potential coldness of the machines with which they craft them.
There is real warmth in their arrangements which, although artfully indebted
to the spirit of the eighties, lifts our spirits and impels us to dance.
There are ten numbers in the set and with songs as well-crafted as 'Fall' (a
pulsing anthem full of throbbing synths and bubbling beats); 'Promises' (an
incandescent invention which curiously brings Rick Astley to mind!) and the
rumbustious Latin-infused mayhem of 'Fast Seconds' under their belts they more
than deserve their fifteen minutes in the spotlight of the listening world.
Mr Hamilton has a terric voice; a rock-solid instrument with a truly impressive
range, whether out on its own or wrapped up in stunning multi-layered harmonies.
He really excels on the poignant but uplifting final track 'Fail Epic' which on
its own merits is more than worth the price of purchase. An inspiring conclusion.
Splendid stuff from top to tail!