PRE­SETS

Recharg­ing the bat­ter­ies.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - KATHY MCCABE

WEL­COME to the post- Apoca­lypso world of The Pre­sets, where songs are imag­ined as sci- fi fan­tasies and scenes of Blade Run­ner and Mad Max are re­con­fig­ured to fea­ture feral fauna. No tech talk of stab­bing synths and puls­ing beats.

Ju­lian Hamil­ton and Kim Moyes use cin­e­matic speak when de­scrib­ing Adults Only, a touchstone track on their new, muchan­tic­i­pated third al­bum Pacifica.

It was sparked af­ter Hamil­ton sent his band­mate the sketch for the al­bum’s first sin­gle, Ghosts, set­ting off a chain re­ac­tion of cre­ativ­ity af­ter a long break and false starts.

The break came af­ter a ma­jor tour­ing cam­paign here and over­seas in sup­port of the award- win­ning, mega- sell­ing Apoca­lypso and its hit sin­gles My Peo­ple, This Boy’s In Love and Talk Like That.

Both men and their part­ners needed time out not only to recharge but also cel­e­brate a first child for each.

When they re­grouped, they were try­ing to recre­ate the mo­ments that had made Apoca­lypso. They failed mis­er­ably, Moyes says. So they started from scratch.

Even af­ter al­most 10 years, The Pre­sets ad­mit they are ter­ri­fied to show each other their mu­si­cal ideas.

‘‘ We care prob­a­bly more than we should what each other thinks of the mu­sic. Get­ting an idea on to the ta­ble and get­ting both of us ex­cited about it is a pretty hefty task,’’ Moyes says.

Hamil­ton says: ‘‘ It be­comes a hefty task when the other per­son just isn’t that into it.’’

‘‘ But then there are the things we bring each other that res­onate im­me­di­ately,’’ Moyes adds. ‘‘ You spend all your time wait­ing for those mo­ments.’’

Age and fa­ther­hood may have had an im­pact on some of the al­bum’s cock­tails- at­sun­set sound­tracks.

‘‘ That has al­ways been a part of the mu­sic, we’ve had it there in songs like Girl And The Sea, but this time around, maybe the bal­ance does tip in that other di­rec­tion,’’ Hamil­ton says. ‘‘ There are cer­tainly mo­ments of in­ten­sity [ but] we’re prob­a­bly not as darkly in­tense as we were six years ago. I don’t know if Kim would en­tirely agree, but I do think it’s a lit­tle bit more ro­man­tic.

‘‘ Hope­fully, we don’t sound like a cou­ple of old soft­ies, but it per­haps re­flects where we are at this stage of our lives.’’

His mate agrees. ‘‘ Ev­ery record is a lit­eral record of the peo­ple who made it,’’ Moyes says. ‘‘ It re­ally is a time cap­sule. With this one we had the lux­ury of time to step back and think a lit­tle dif­fer­ently.’’

RECHARGED: Kim Moyes and Ju­lian Hamil­ton.

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