• MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

    • Posted by: Allison Baritz

    Formerly known as Viet Cong, Preoccupations is back in action with their new self-titled album. Produced by Graham Walsh, Preoccupations is set to drop on September 16th, and is comprised of nine, single-word titled songs.

    The band's press release describes the album as "a singular, bracing collection that proves whats punishing can also be soothing, everything can change without disrupting your compass. Your best year can be your worst year at the same time. Whatever sends you flying can also help you land."


    1. Anxiety
    2. Monotony
    3. Zodiac
    4. Memory
    5. Degraded
    6. Sense
    7. Forbidden
    8. Stimulation
    9. Fever

    The album's opening track is their latest single, "Anxiety". Jagjaguwar, the label releasing the new album says that the song articulates the tension surrounding the recording of Preoccupations: clattering sounds drift into focus, bouncing and echoing off one another until one bone-shattering moment when the full band strikes at once, moving from something untouchable to get to something deeply felt. The song's video was released today and it's as much a visual masterpiece as it is a musical one.

    Shot entirely in black and white, the video opens up almost as if it's a horror movie. Its eerie and confusing and fittingly anxiety-inducing. The faces of the band members flash upon the screen like they are being truly victimized by the building tension, followed by a short scene of a naked girl laying blankly in bed, and all this happens before the music even starts.

    Less than a minute and a half into the song, the music kicks in. A strong, electric beat, with a secondary beat in the background - pretty catchy. The beat plays on as does the video, flashing different black and white images. The lyrics begin a minute and twenty seconds into the video. "With a sense of urgency and unease..second guessing just about everything.

    Flash forward and the video gets even weirder, but also more interesting. The video's director, Yoonha Park provides viewers with some odd imagery. The characters in the film are wearing masks of goblins and other ugly creatures, almost as depictions of our own inner demons. This four minute and twenty-nine second bout of anxiety, for made me feel pretty anxious, so if that's the goal, then mission accomplished.

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