Preoccupations

Artist: 
Preoccupations
Non-Airable Tracks: 
NONE
Label: 
Jagjaguwar
Album Art: 

Preoccupations is the band formerly known as Viet Cong, so if you know them or their previous band Women then you've already got a ballpark approximation of Preoccupations' sound in your head. Alternately feedbacky or shimmery guitar, blown out synth, distorted bass, pounding drums, etc and there's a similar focus on incorporating ambient passages between sections of more traditional songwriting. The vocals from Women to Viet Cong to Preoccupations have continually deepened, with this album prominently featuring Matt Flegel's baritone, which pairs surprisingly well with Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner in a duet of sorts on "Memory". The album lacks the hooks that lead to immediate standouts on previous records, but further listens reveal the albums staying power. Amidst the oppressive atmosphere on display, you'll find intriguing depths to their music.

Sounds Like: 
Viet Cong
Sounds Like: 
Women
Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
Future Islands
Recommended Tracks: 
1 Anxiety: The first single features catchy synth and driving bass.
5 Degraded: Great build from ambient/noisy intro to super driving rock song.
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016