Album: The Presets, Apocalypso (Modular)

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The Presets are a thirty-something duo from Sydney whose musical CV includes Silverchair and the Dissociatives and who have been loosely affiliated with the nu-rave movement, but whose sound has more in common with the retro-futurist likes of Shiny Toy Guns.

On 'Apocalypso', their second album, Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes frequently seem to be drawing on early Nitzer Ebb and DAF, while "This Boy's in Love" carries echoes of mid-period Depeche Mode, and "A New Sky" is heralded by a burst of monastic plainsong. Never mind the ravers. This one's for the goths.