9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Preoccupations’ 2015 album Viet Cong (also the band's name at the time) was one of the most vital releases of the ‘00s post-punk revival, a loose collection of bands that included stage-sharers Protomartyr and METZ. The band’s second LP (and first under the Preoccupations name) is a unique mix of the anxious and atmospheric, where tense, almost dreadful moods (“Anxiety,” “Sense”) sit side by side with shimmering ballads that bring to mind goth-adjacent bands like Echo & The Bunnymen (“Monotony,” “Memory”). It’s a darker, more romantic sound than Viet Cong, but just as sharp.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Preoccupations’ 2015 album Viet Cong (also the band's name at the time) was one of the most vital releases of the ‘00s post-punk revival, a loose collection of bands that included stage-sharers Protomartyr and METZ. The band’s second LP (and first under the Preoccupations name) is a unique mix of the anxious and atmospheric, where tense, almost dreadful moods (“Anxiety,” “Sense”) sit side by side with shimmering ballads that bring to mind goth-adjacent bands like Echo & The Bunnymen (“Monotony,” “Memory”). It’s a darker, more romantic sound than Viet Cong, but just as sharp.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

PJfansince1991 ,

Excellent

I feel like I'm listening to a long lost Joy Division album.

skylobby ,

Get your own sound

Gave this a chance, but then halfway though I thought I had The Psychedelic Furs on. The line between inspiration and ripoff has been crossed so no thanks. They should be on Stanger Things, a copy of the best 80s movies.

HoodooLou ,

Sophomore Effort not as Bieberrific

If the first record got it on like Donkey Kong, this second one is a palate cleanser. It's Interpol to Franz Ferdinand, Dinah Shore to Dinah Cancer, Benny to the Jets.

What I like about it is its synth-heavy orientalism, think Kate Bush's "Running up that Hill", but what's lost is anything remotely twist, pony or cool jerk to.

I feel like the closer the band gets to shoegaze and the further from this heat, the more they're following rather than leading. Objectively, comparatively, this is GOOD for a record numero dos.

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