The Presets, Apocalypso

By Joanna Hunkin

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Rating: * * * *
Verdict: Clever electroclash that defies you not to dance

Electro-pop punk is not for everyone. But The Presets' clever blend of fun vocals, quivering bass and synthesised strings will have you cutting a groove on the dance floor before you have time to say "I don't like that kind of music".

The energetic record opens with the solitary beat of a bass drum, before a twisted keyboard rhythm joins the fray, steadily building to the soaring opening line, "When I was young ..." As the track, Kicking and Screaming, reaches its crescendo, listeners are hooked, craving the next irresistible dance floor anthem.

It comes in the form of the next track, My People, already a hit single in The Presets' native Australia.

The harmonised intro of A New Sky offers a brief reprieve from the stomping bass of its predecessors, before morphing into a light and funky electro beat.

The duo introduce a new sound again on This Boy's In Love, with a piercing piano melody driving the indie disco track, noticeable for its distinct Depeche Mode influence.

Yippyo-Ay and Talk Like That see the record reach its peak on the fun-scale, evoking images of disco lights and dance-offs.

The second half of the record offers a more pared back sound, as heard on If I Know You and Aeons, winding down the frenzy of the previous 40 minutes.

- NZ Herald

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