Esteem was the debut full length album for Australian synthpop band Machinations. The album was released in April 1983 on White Label Records,a subsidiary of Mushroom Records. Esteem peaked at #54 on the Australian album charts. It was also released in the United States by A&M Records. Musically, the album contained synthpop with dark overtones, except for the single “Pressure Sway”, a bright funk/pop song that was a dance-floor favourite.
The second single off the album, “Pressure Sway”, was released in June, 1983 and reached #21 on the Australian singles charts during July 1983. It was released as both a 7″ and 12″ version. “Pressure Sway” also made an impact in the United States reaching #40 on Billboard’s Club Play Singles chart.
“Pressure Sway” received some additional mixing polish courtesy of Steve Thompson.
Pressure Sway (Extended Club Version) 4:55
Pressure Sway (Instrumental Version) 6:15