Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Presets

My favourite music charts, in the world, has to be the Australian singles chart . The ARIA singles chart is fantastic as it consists of various different genres of music and there is consistently a strong emphasis on pop, Australian artists and the best of America's Billboard Hot 100 chart. The current number one on the ARIA chart is Madonna with Justin and Timbaland too! with "4 minutes". But elsewhere is everything from Rihanna ("Take a Bow", "Don't Stop The Music") to novelty ("Psycho Teddy") to Irish (Brian McFadden's "Like Only a Woman Can") and blasts from the pop past (Vanessa Amorossi with "Perfect", remember "Absolutely Everybody", the best pop song EVER at the time in 1999, a hit in 2000). Further down the chart at number 41 is one of the most amazing songs I've heard this year. It's by The Presets and the song is "This Boy's in Love". This is no Burt Baccarach cover but more Thomas Dolby meets John Lydon's P.I.L. meets Depeche Mode. In other words there is a very strong but brilliant 80's electronic influence. "This Boy's In love" is taken from the band's number one second album "Apocalypso". In December 2007, The Presets released "My People", as "Acocalypso"'s first single release and it got to number 19 on the ARIA singles chart. The video for that song is also below. "My People" was written by Julian Hamilton and is about the boat people who arrive on Australian shores and how that country's population and government treats them. More about the song here Both videos are powerful, the best I've seen since Gotye's "Heart's a Mess" last year. The Presets are a Sydney based duo consisting of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes and were formed in 2003. Their debut album "Beams" was released in 2005. The Presets website is right here. There are currently 17 singles by Australian artists in the ARIA Top 50 singles chart, of which The Presets have two. Well established artists like Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem and The Veronicas all have had several hit singles from their most recent albums in the chart over the past few months but there are newer artists like Axle Whitehead and The Galvatrons also in this week's chart. The most recent chart topper was Gabriella Cilmi with "Sweet About Me", which is also doing well in Europe; number 20 in the UK this week. Each week, songs by Australian artists are highlighted (by a little red dot) as you read the chart and it's great to see a record industry promoting their own and celebrating all types of music. The Australian ARIA charts can be found here. Thanks to Connell for drawing my attention to them last year.

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