11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When tasked with following up The Presets’ party-perfect debut, Sydney duo Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes took a major risk with this darkly focused set of dance anthems, introducing a fierce intelligence to their lean, pinging dynamism. Just look to breakout single “My People,” a brash earworm calling for solidary with Australia’s mistreated would-be immigrants. Proving increasingly versatile beyond their clubby klaxons and synth-streaked hooks, The Presets looked again to their homeland’s humanitarian woes with the punky “Eucalyptus” and turned in a brooding breakup song with “If I Know You.” Yet there’s no threat whatsoever of alienating a wider audience: “Talk Like That” rivals Duran Duran for debonair flair, while even the slower “Anywhere” spikes Hamilton’s ominous singing with an ultra-insistent beat. Only The Presets could make an album this subtly weird sound so giddy and immediate at the same time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When tasked with following up The Presets’ party-perfect debut, Sydney duo Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes took a major risk with this darkly focused set of dance anthems, introducing a fierce intelligence to their lean, pinging dynamism. Just look to breakout single “My People,” a brash earworm calling for solidary with Australia’s mistreated would-be immigrants. Proving increasingly versatile beyond their clubby klaxons and synth-streaked hooks, The Presets looked again to their homeland’s humanitarian woes with the punky “Eucalyptus” and turned in a brooding breakup song with “If I Know You.” Yet there’s no threat whatsoever of alienating a wider audience: “Talk Like That” rivals Duran Duran for debonair flair, while even the slower “Anywhere” spikes Hamilton’s ominous singing with an ultra-insistent beat. Only The Presets could make an album this subtly weird sound so giddy and immediate at the same time.

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