The Presets – Apocalypso

PresetsThe Presets are probably the best dance act in Australia right now and that’s not a dig. Midnight Juggernauts, Cut Copy and Muscles are all putting out great stuff right now. The Presets had a big hit single with “Are You The One” a few years ago from their debut album Beams. Now Apocalypso has been released and it is a brilliant dance album. It’s one that manages the rare trick of having tracks that sound great in a club and it does really well as a full album. It spans quite a few genres but vocalist/keyboardist Julian Hamilton and drummer Kim Moyes keep it all fresh and consistent, even though there’s a few detours through some different styles.

“Talk Like That” is slightly camp and you half expect to see Hamilton twirl a rakish moustache whilst he sings the lyrics with the bombastic organ in the background. “Eucalyptus” sounds lo-fi and a little monotone until the chorus kicks in with a melancholy synth line and some haunting vocals. “If I Know You” wouldn’t sound out of place on the GTA: Vice City soundtrack (now there’s an idea, I’m gonna import the mp3 into the game now) with it’s 80’s ambience and classic drum machine sound.

The huge single “My People” is another stormer (a worthy followup to “Are You The One”), with it’s sneering electro vocals and throbbing bass line. It’s only the squelchy “Together” that sound out of place, it’s a track meant firmly for the dance floor. The instrumental “Aeons” sounds pleasant enough and maybe benefits from having no vocals laid on it. “Anywhere” is the come-down track at the end that layers some delicate synth lines to make a downbeat, but strangely uplifting track. Apocalypso is a winner on all counts and even thought their profile isn’t that big in the UK, find the album and get into it.

The Presets – My People:

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