Recharging the batteries.
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.