Pacifica (The Presets album)

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Pacifica
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Studio album by The Presets
Released 7 September 2012 (2012-09-07)
Genre
Length 48:40
Label Modular
Producer The Presets
The Presets chronology
Apocalypso
(2008)
Pacifica
(2012)
Singles from Pacifica
  1. "Youth in Trouble"
    Released: 29 June 2012
  2. "Ghosts"
    Released: 4 August 2012
  3. "Promises"
    Released: 28 September 2012
  4. "Fall"
    Released: 10 May 2013
  5. "Push"
    Released: 3 June 2013

Pacifica is the third full-length album by Australian electronic duo The Presets. The album was released in Australia by Modular Recordings on 7 September 2012. It was released the following week (14 September 2012) by Casablanca / Universal Republic. The album features the singles "Youth in Trouble", "Ghosts", "Promises", "Fall" and "Push". The album was Triple J's Feature Album, Radar Radio's Feature Album and Fbi Radio's Sunset Album. The album was produced by The Presets and mixed by Tony Hoffer. The track "Ghosts" featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 13.

Background and release[edit]

The Presets recorded the album in Sydney and Los Angeles. The bulk of the album was recorded at the home studios of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes, with additional drum sessions taking place in Los Angeles with Joe Baressi and Sean Beavan. The Presets returned to Los Angeles to mix the album with Tony Hoffer.

Writing sessions for the album began as early as 2009. The band worked on as many as 30 songs towards the album. However it was towards the end of 2011 that the bulk of sessions came together.

Pacifica was released in Australia on 7 September 2012. In Australia the album was released on compact disc (the first pressing with a lenticular sleeve), gatefold vinyl album, deluxe box set (featuring, CD, vinyl album, lithograph and expanded artwork), and digital download.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[2]
Herald Sun 4.5/5 stars[3]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
The Australian 4/5 stars[5]
The Sydney Morning Herald 4/5 stars[6]
The Au Review 9/10 stars[7]

Both singles released from the Pacifica album made the ARIA charts; "Youth in Trouble" peaked at 13 on the ARIA club tracks chart,[8] while accompanying single "Ghosts" peaked at 16.[9] The album peaked at 3 on the ARIA albums chart.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Presets. 

No. Title Length
1. "Youth in Trouble"   6:20
2. "Ghosts"   3:29
3. "Promises"   4:58
4. "Push"   4:02
5. "Fall"   3:57
6. "It's Cool"   3:58
7. "A.O."   6:13
8. "Surrender"   4:16
9. "Fast Seconds"   5:14
10. "Fail Epic"   5:57

Album credits[edit]

  • Joe Barresi – engineer
  • Sean Beavan – engineer
  • Chris Claypool – assistant
  • Dave Cooley – mastering
  • Glen Goetze – A&R
  • Julian Hamilton – engineer, producer
  • Tony Hoffer – additional production, mixing
  • Analiese Ifould – stylist
  • Wade Keighran – engineer
  • Will Larnach-Jones – management
  • Kim Moyes – engineer, producer
  • Jun Murakawa – assistant
  • Jon Nicholson – drum technician
  • Jonathan Zawada – art direction, design

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Australia 7 September 2012 Modular CD, vinyl, digital download, Deluxe Box Set
US 12 September 2012 Casablanca CD, vinyl, digital download
UK 16 September 2012 Modular CD, digital download
Japan 12 September 2012 Pachinko Records CD, digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Pacifica by The Presets". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Album Review: The Presets – Pacifica". Consequence of Sound. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Album Review: Album of the week: The Presets - Pacifica". Herald Sun. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Review: The Presets – Pacifica". AllMusic. 2012-09-1a. Retrieved 2013-10-07.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Album Review: The Presets – Pacifica". News Ltd. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Album of The Week: The Presets – Pacifica". Fairfax Media. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  7. ^ "Album Review: The Presets – Pacifica". The AU Review. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Club Tracks Chart 2012-09-03". ariacharts.com.au MCMmedia. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Club Tracks Chart 2012-10-01". ariacharts.com.au MCMmedia. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  10. ^ "THE PRESETS - PACIFICA (ALBUM)". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  11. ^ "The Presets – Pacifica". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  12. ^ "The Presets – Pacifica". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums 2012". ARIA. Retrieved 2015-01-15.