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Featuring ten prismatic, synth-laced songs, 'Pacifica' sees The Presets boldly venture into new, uncharted musical territories. Traversing both light and shade in energy and emotion, the album was produced by the band - Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes - and mixed in Los Angeles with Tony Hoffer.
Pacifica is the Sydney duo's long-awaited return to the spotlight after vocalist/keyboardist Julian Hamilton and drummer/keyboardist Kim Moyes chased a seven-year touring/recording cycle with children—first-time fatherhood for both of them—and some much-needed time off.
Some of that confidence comes from the simple fact that the Presets' roots were firmly planted at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where Kim and Julian met in the mid '90s. Not only that; they sharpened their skills in another band first, the trance-inducing instrumental project Prop, which Julian describes as “one-part post rock, one-part techno and one-part NY classical minimalism.” Sure enough, this classical training never left their side, whether it meant borrowing harmonic chords from Mozart and Shostakovich or treating synth parts like a particularly healthy orchestra pit.
Album: Pacifica
# Song Title   Time
1)    Youth In Trouble More Info... 6:20
2)    Ghosts More Info... 3:29
3)    Promises More Info... 4:58
4)    Push More Info... 4:03
5)    Fall More Info... 3:56
6)    It's Cool More Info... 3:54
7)    A.O. More Info... 6:14
8)    Surrender More Info... 4:17
9)    Fast Seconds More Info... 5:12
10)    Fail Epic More Info... 5:47
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Tony Hoffer.
  • Recording information: JHOC, Pasadena; Linear Recording, Sydney; Piper Lane, Sydney; The Blue Room, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Australian electro duo the Presets create a kind of temporal convergence, blending electronic music's past with its present on their third album, Pacifica. Making modern dance music with the feel of synth pop, the pair are able to pull off an interesting sonic trick, delivering an album that feels distinctly '80s without actually sounding like it's from that era. While Pacifica's production is crisp and clear, the album has a dark vibe running through it, adding a vaguely unsettling feeling to the songs' pulsing rhythms to give the whole thing a nocturnal feeling. This approach goes a long way in helping the album feel like something new rather than just a rehash of the past, giving a nod to groups like New Order without lifting anything directly out of their playbook. While the album might be shrouded in a veneer of synth pop, the nuts and bolts come straight from the world of progressive house/trance, providing Pacifica with the necessary propulsion to send the album racing off into the dark unknown, making it the ideal soundtrack to the after party after the after party. While the murky atmosphere and late-night pulse of songs like "Push" and "Fast Seconds," might not immediately scream fun, there's something undeniably engaging about them, highlighting the Presets' knack for hooking straight into that part of the brain that demands you hit the floor and dance until the sun comes crawling over the horizon. ~ Gregory Heaney
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