The Presets - Apocalypso (4 stars)

The Presets - Apocalypso



‘When I was young,’ declares the first verse of the very first song on this album, ‘I was a star amongst zeroes’. That’s a good start. With their sophomore record, Sydney’s Presets once again declare themselves as something like the heavier, darker alternative to Cut Copy, themselves fellow mainstays of Australia’s pace-setting Modular Records.

With this album Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes try a few styles on us. That first track ‘Kicking and Screaming’ and ‘My People’ start off with a noisy, analogue electro grind, before things level out into the Underworld-esque dance-punk of ‘If I Know You’ and then the almost soothing trance of ‘Aeons’ and ‘Anywhere’. This sense of in-your-face adventure is what makes Apocalypso a winner.

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