I am a sucker for a dance groove that’s heavy on the synthesizer and has a catchy melody. It reminds me of the 1980s synthpop era which is one of my favorite decades in music. It is refreshing to hear this style of electronic music return to radio. Australian duo The Presets beautifully captured the joy of synthpop in, “Promises.” This is the latest release from the band’s 2012 release, “Pacifica.” The vocals are a bit softer than most synthpop music of the early 80s and creates the signature sound that indie electropop fans adore. I fell in love with the melody of the chorus which is a beautiful contrast to the gentle but honest verses.
The music video for the tune is a colorful collection of clips and computer animations. It was directed by Special Problems who has recently directed music videos for Flying Lotus and Tame Impala. There is something special about an artist who uses their music video to creatively illustrate their song instead of glorifying themselves. With the help of Special Problems, The Preset’s “Promises” video turned this great song into a psychedelic work of art.
“Promises” is a refreshing groove reminding listeners that synthpop is alive and well. Am I the only that still believes? Apparently not. Jam on!