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The Presets

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The Presets are a pair of avant-garde Aussies who, while forging a musical path that wouldn't be unfamiliar to acts like Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails, and the Faint, don't mind dragging disco along for the ride. Julian Hamilton (production, keyboards, vocals) and Kimberley Moyes (production, drums, programming) met in the early '90s as students at Sydney's Conservatorium of Music. Both were there to study classical music, but as they delved into the great composers, neither could forget an extracurricular love of '80s pop: the Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, Björk, New Order. So instead of abandoning their passion for music's lighter side, they bonded over it, composing music at school by day and dancing to acid house by night. Eventually, they joined the band Prop together, cranking out several albums of experimental instrumental music that won them critical plaudits across Australia. The Presets were born as an offshoot of Prop -- when Hamilton and Moyes wanted to remix a track with harder electronic edges, they did so under the Presets moniker. In 2003, with a distinctively spiky disco-dipped sound and several years of collaboration boosting them, they released a demo; the influential Aussie label Modular wasted no time adding the Presets to its roster. A first EP, the relatively hard-driving Blowup, featuring guitar work from Silverchair's Daniel Johns, arrived the same year as the duo first hit the Australian stage circuit. In 2004, the mellower Girl and the Sea, whose title track was featured on the TV show The O.C., was released, and 2005's Down Down Down, the disc that established the Presets as a band worthy of Euro buzz, followed. With momentum on their side, the Presets also released Beams in Australia in 2005; in April of 2006, a month after it found favor with electro-freak-loving British fans, Beams lit a path into U.S. record stores. The pair returned in 2008 with a darker, more refined sound on its follow-up, Apocalypso, which would go on to become the first dance album to win the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Award for Album of the Year. Their third album, Pacifica, arrived in the summer of 2012. ~ Tammy La Gorce
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The Presets

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Albums by
The Presets

Top Songs by
The Presets

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   This Boy's In Love
  3.   Fall
  4.   Talk Like That
  5.   Girl And The Sea
  6.   Yippiyo-Ay
  7.   Kicking and Screaming
  8.   Aeons
  9.   If I Know You
  10.   My People
  11.   Youth In Trouble
  12.   Anywhere
  13.   Together
  14.   Eucalyptus
  15.   A New Sky
  16.   Truth and Lies
  17.   Surrender
  18.   Promises
  19.   Get the Fuck Outta Here
  20.   Ghosts
  21.   No Fun
  22.   Goodbye Future
  23.   It's Cool
  24.   Waiting for You
  25.   Beat Off, Beat Off
  26.   Mia's House
  27.   Down Down Down
  28.   Midnight Boundary
  29.   I Go Hard, I Go Home
  30.   Are You The One?
  31.   Summer of Love
  32.   A.O.
  33.   Kitty in the Middle
  34.   Fail Epic
  35.   Fast Seconds
  36.   Push
  37.   At a Loss
  38.   Pretty Little Eyes
  39.   Let's Go
  40.   Cookie
  41.   Cutter's

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