Interview: The Presets – The Specifics of ‘Pacifica’ – Part 2
The Presets have returned to the forefront of Australian music with their 2012 album Pacifica. Although the duo of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes joke that whereas Apocalypso was The Presets ‘young and hungry’ and Pacifica is the Presets ‘old and fed’, the Sydney act’s third album is anything but complacent.
Having been nominated for the Album of the Year at the 2012 J Awards and being hailed as ‘Album of the Year’ by The Herald Sun and the Daily Telegraph, Pacifica has proven that The Presets are more than just dancefloor fillers, but are capable and meaningful songwriters.
Part 2 looks into The Presets’ desire to create music that varies in atmosphere and is free for formulaic foundations and replaceable elements.
Not allowing production to overshadow song structure, The Presets construct songs that can be stripped of their beats and still work as tunes performed on a piano. When presented with the idea of performing unplugged, Moyes and Hamilton consider the touring potential.
Between 2008’s Apocalypso and 2012’s Pacifica, Hamilton and Moyes both became parents. As the two explain, although parenthood has slightly affected their music artistically, its greatest impact is on the pair’s outlook on touring.