Thursday, April 17, 2008



Triple dollops of vegemite are horrendous, triple doses of Aussie pop are delicious. After Cut Copy and The Dirty Secrets, it is The Presets to please our awfully unhealthy appetite for all things Oz. You must have lived under the rock if you have not heard of this band and their brilliant debut Beams.

Not too long ago, 'My People' dropped like a bolt from the blue, and it easily became one of my favorite songs last year creaming some other indie darlings and brit-rock sensations whose records were released in the earlier quartets of the year. Not too many people may get beyond the anthemic electronic riff, it is actually written on Australia's policy of mandatory detention of illegal immigrants. The video was darn fine too. Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes, both in alien outfits, were cloning in swift as they were striding on a moon-like planet and chanting 'I'm here with all of my people'. Multiple The Presets? I like. 'This Boy’s In Love' is a perfect second single, more melodically accessible than the first one, and the video with milk-wrestling has some stunning cinematography.

Apocalypso is the phenomenal sophomore album after three long excruciating years. Being the best possible opener, 'Kicking and Screaming' follows from where Beams left off, but better and compresses all the best electronic elements of the current scene. 'Yippiyo-ay' and 'Together' are two stand out tracks with their cheesy out-of-this-world sound that makes you want to put on your dancing shoes.

Put on the record and it's dancin' time.

The Presets - Kicking and Screaming
The Presets - Yippiyo-ay
The Presets - Together


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