New Tasties: The Presets

Musically, Australia tends to get a bit of a bad rap. I’m not sure why this is, as Men At Work, INXS, and (reluctantly) Olivia Newton-John aren’t any worse than anything else in pop music. Not to mention that the United States has tormented the world with Pussycat Dolls, Limp Bizkit, and the entire emo genre. Maybe we’re all a little bitter about that whole “Silverchair” thing, excluding their recent “comeback” with the mildly homoerotic video for “Walking In A straight Line” (oh, ironic title).

Anypoodles, Australia has also given us The Presets, whose new album Apocalypto is currently in my “new stuff” playlist. If you dig The Faint but find Ladytron a wee bit too repetitive…let’s chat.

“Kicking And Screaming” is a bit like a more interesting !!! song, with a weird robotty noise that sounds like something from the breakdown of Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit.” The chorus is a weird half-step, black-key driven line of “babe, I can’t believe how much fun we’re having.” Indeed. “My People” is a lost The Faint song, but a little bit more fluffy. “This Boy’s In Love” sounds vaguely like Dead Or Alive, but with a chorus by Bronski Beat. “Yippiyo-Ay” continues the fun and is worth the price of admission just for the lyric “bimbos rock the latex, dingos catch the babies.” For those of you who don’t get the reference, there was a lady many moons ago whose kid disappeared while she was camping in the Australian Outback. She was a suspect, but she swore (famously) “the dingo ate my baby!”

“Talk Like That” reminds me of a sythy version of Franz Ferdinand (first album-era, when they were still fun). It’s so fluffy and fun. If you aren’t chair-dancing by the end of it, you should probably consult a medical professional of some sort. “Eucalyptus” is probably my favorite, because of its crazy synth line, which sounds like The Presets stole some fight music from the PowerPuff Girls.

I’ve only hit highlights here, but if you enjoy synthpop, 80s music, or cheese in general, you should definitely check it out. I do not gush without good reason. Word.


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