Preoccupations
Preoccupations


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
September 21st, 2016 | 212 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We play the life secure with give and take.

The mood of a record can go such a long, long way. Many attempt to create such works that thrive simply based on its vibe, while writing material that can hold up on its own. In doing so, the end result tends to be diverse. It could be incredible, absolutely abysmal, it could even be the blandest sounding piece of music known to man – you get the idea. Canadian post-punk rockers Preoccupations live for creating music that is firmly rooted in its mood. From Women onward, to 2015’s Viet Cong, their music always incorporated specific moods into their works. Dark, hazy, brash, and at some points nimble; these words all encompass Preoccupations and their music. A very notable aspect of their music is their admiration for post-punk legends, most notably This Heat. These bands’ influence lingers within Preoccupations’ ethos. In last year’s Viet Cong, the presence of This Heat, Deceit in particular, hovered over the album. Whether it was the entirety of ”March of Progress” or the disjointed, atonal cries of ”Newspaper Spoons”, the album unashamedly used its influences as its strength.

Fast-forward a year later, and what do you know" Preoccupations bring out another album that not only goes in a different direction, yet still borrows from influences of the past. Whereas Viet Cong was very much a guitar-driven record, Preoccupations takes a swift left turn into the realm of the synth. It permeates each second of the album in some way or another, adding another dimension to the band’s guitar-driven soundscape. Influences, as mentioned before, play a huge part in the material presented here, and like before, are used as a strength rather than a crutch. The one-two punch of ”Anxiety” and ”Monotony” bring forth faint remnants of Peter Murphy and Bauhaus, whether it be the murky production that gives the songs its character, or the increasingly coarse vocals of Matthew Flegel that are reminiscent of Murphy at some points, whether it be the first movement of ”Memory”, or the standout track ”Fever”. The band, as usual, sound quite in tune with each other in spite of the change of direction, and it’s this that makes the new sound work so well. Yet, for the positives, come some rather off-putting negatives that hinder any progress Preoccupations could possibly make.

To say Preoccupationsis a safe record is an understatement and therein lies its greatest flaw; whereas its predecessor had a sense of danger, this in contrast, hardly takes any risks aside from its new sound. The songwriting hasn’t changed one bit, which is not necessarily a bad thing, yet the execution this time around is haphazard in some segments, whether it be a poorly done drone section in ”Memory” that just feels like a cop-out finish that subsequently kills all momentum the song had; or the vignette duo of ”Sense” and ”Forbidden” that tease the listener with interesting pieces of music that hardly last long enough to leave any impression whatsoever. It just makes the experience slightly frustrating because the potential is definitely there, yet it’s wasted because it feels like Flegel and co. can’t be bothered to flesh the compositions out any further. Preoccupations has the right idea, yet with its follow up to Viet Cong, has missed the mark ever so slightly.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2016


17264 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

i tried



Fever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVM7dEBN7pM



a bit rusty, so any issues please do notify me, thanks

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Tyler.
September 21st 2016


14639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What David sylvian album is this

Futures
September 21st 2016


9983 Comments


yes thank god for replacing the worst review ever

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2016


17264 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

"What David sylvian album is this"



this is the warmup before brilliant trees dude, soon

grindcorecore
September 21st 2016


618 Comments


lol futures

iloveyouall
September 21st 2016


6319 Comments


pos'd, this is a phenomenal review and has made me even more excited to check this out

Futures
September 21st 2016


9983 Comments


lol

iloveyouall
September 21st 2016


6319 Comments


i don't like what most people consider "good writing",

TheSpaceMan
September 21st 2016


10976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You have a similar opinion in terms of music too

Tyler.
September 21st 2016


14639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh qqao good review

iloveyouall
September 21st 2016


6319 Comments


I understand your desire to "underwrite" this review. One could write 10000 words, but that seems beside the point when the music so incisively directs complicated emotions into such simple(?), comforting(!) tunes. A bear hug of a record from a porcupine of a band.


danielcardoso
September 21st 2016


11684 Comments


very good fripp, you have a couple of things prob worth going through but nothing significant, and i'm on my phone atm so i'll tell you later. but yea easy pos.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2016


2233 Comments


"yes thank god for replacing the worst review ever"

I gagged on my beef noodles looking up at the 'other reviews of this album' segment to see a review had been written by a guy called Lost Salt Blood Purges. Thought the name (and review) was some kind of joke, but turns out it was just OvDeath.

Futures
September 21st 2016


9983 Comments


true lol

danielcardoso
September 21st 2016


11684 Comments


(edit: fixed)

but yea besides spot on write up.

mindleviticus
September 21st 2016


9312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stimulation is so good

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2016


17264 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

thanks dan, also noticed a few minor errors



can't access the editing page atm though

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2016


17264 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

Edits madeee

Futures
September 21st 2016


9983 Comments


please don't bump the other review ever again god bless

Judio!
September 21st 2016


8424 Comments


This is most likely gonna dissapoint me but I will check. Good review pal



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