Preoccupations
Arrangements


4.0
excellent

Review

by neekafat CONTRIBUTOR (81 Reviews)
March 24th, 2023 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-Punk, now in Technicolor!

I once saw post-punk as something of a monochromatic affair. Nevermind the iconic black-and-white album covers, there was something to the tortured vocals and muted slink of its guitars that conveyed greyscale—a world without color, it seemed to me, was the price to pay for such beautifully bleak dirges.

I believe this no longer. Chalk it up to years of unsuspectingly softening to the genre or this sudden lightning bolt of passion I feel for Preoccupations' latest album, but now I clearly see the flashes of light and color that leave behind post-punk's shadow.

On Arrangements, these flashes of brilliance are often its thunderous choruses and shimmering gazeyness in its intertwined bass and guitar riffs. Matt Flegel's vocals often provide a honeyed baritone to counteract the sleek and shine, making it all the more stunning when he leaps into the wall of sound on moments like "Slowly" 's magnetic chorus. These elements are the closest the album comes to a formula. Each song exists in its own little universe, carving a massive sound through guitar-drenched soundscapes and exacting drumbeats. They flirt with different colors of the rainbow, each pulled by gravitational wells of noise, electronic, gothic, ambient, and other music that my untrained ears don't pick up on. Sometimes a song will never stop. Sometimes a song will play it safe until careening into a massive bridge. Sometimes a song will unexpectedly be exactly what you expect. Who knows!

Preoccupations have reached through the ether to post-punk's classic era and fused its rock sensibilities with modern shades of sound and color. It's appropriately rattled how I see the genre's future, and charts an incredibly auspicious course for the band's career.



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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2023


25642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

warning: i dont know anything about music

Flugmorph
March 24th 2023


33293 Comments


think its a genre of media or smth, have to find out more

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2023


25642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

please let me know if u find anything

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2023


59421 Comments


neekafat review
neekafat review

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2023


25642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woot woot

someone
March 24th 2023


6298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Heeey, how come this didnt have a rev?



You indeed got what post-punk is, therefore we as the post-punk community organisers accept you amongst our ranks, you will receive your mandatory bass combo that only has three volume settings, as well as a black cat that hates you shortly. Please provide your ID number, full name and home address with the proper authorities.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2023


25642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yay I am honored C:

dedex
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2023


12696 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

neeka!! great lil one, you nailed it

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2023


25642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank u sir!!

Purpl3Spartan
March 25th 2023


8154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh yeah I forgot about this



nice review

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2023


25642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks!

Pangea
July 27th 2023


10418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i totally missed this got a review, nice one neek!!



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