Beams


Live, The Presets' Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton (both formerly of Prop) blend retro turbulence between twisted synths and rowdy drums. Nothing short of the real time encounter, the band ignites a revival with fur and fangs mighty enough to bang a gong on Beams, a ticking follow-up to the EPs Girl And The Sea (2004) and Blow Up (2003). More world-class than half-ass foolhardiness, the record re-contextualizes the fervor of the '80s and unearths the brilliancy of a duo off-kilter in all the right ways.

Beams marches as a mod squad bent on jungle mate innuendos on "Are You the One," while "Girl And The Sea" retreats somberly. "I Go Hard, I Go Home" is a collision that gracefully stutters, cornering your pulse into murmur mode with Julian's resonating vocal distortions. The album flashes its feathers, stirring un-mistakenly to be shaken until "Beams," which offers its speculative toned instrumentation like the back-and-forth of an antique clock.


Without becoming too retro for its own good, Beams harbors its electro-pop in the vein of friendly schizophrenia meets post-adolescent anxiousness. Besides being the ideal "make-out" soundtrack to the keg party nearest you, the record also reaches sophisticated electro-scapes, wildly collecting dance partners amidst a fever that has yet to break.

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