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This is Sydney's The Presets (Julian Hamilton & Kim Moyes) full-length debut. Entitled Beams, the album is a collection of 12 tracks stirring the whole spectrum of emotions, from dark disturbed disco to blissful, cinematic instrumentals, with some straight up brilliant pop songs in the middle. Theirs is a sound that mixes dark dance with a sweaty rock sensibility that has paved the way for The Presets becoming one of Australia's most promising bands. 12 tracks. Modular. 2005.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 3.44 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Imports
- Date First Available : January 23, 2007
- Label : Imports
- ASIN : B000B7M8VQ
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #747,306 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If the track samples blow you away, or if you're a fan/collector of The Presets, then you should buy this, otherwise I'd recommend steering clear (and buying Apocalypso if you don't already have it).
'Are You The One?' and 'Girl in the Sea' are great tracks, to me they're the saving grace of an otherwise forgettable album.
A lot of instrumentals that get a little repetitive, but better than a lot of other stuff out there. They do acheive some creative sequencing from time to time.
Current single Down Down Down has regimented bite, squelchy Worms sounds like a Bowie instrumental from the experimental Outside era and the eerie throb of Steamworks wouldn't have sounded out of place on the new Goldfrapp album. Even I Go Hard, I Go Home, amusingly described by Julian Hamilton as "mindless music written for mindless people", is a ravey slice of fun that sits neatly between the Add N To (X)-meets-Backstreet Boys sounds of Girl (You Chew My Mind Up) and the slipping beats and Xanax slur of Bad Up Your Betterness.
With Beams, The Presets enigma is finally solved. Julian and Kim Moyles have created an Australian electrorock experience that rivals last year's debut from Cut Copy, proving that you can never wear too many musical hats - or freaky masks, for that matter.
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 !
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Think Gary Numan and the tubeway army updated.
If you like electronica with a hint of indy, this is for you.
I actually found them on the "Driver SF" PS3 game as one of the songs you can select. "Steamroom".