Preoccupations


#81

So agree with this. I always go back to Vietcong and it’s still exciting, but Preoccupations seemed a great deal less interesting and it’s swiftly been lost in my stacks of cds. Haven’t dug it out since I first gave it a spin I don’t think.


#82

oh shit, nice one!


#83

I listened to the Preoccupations on vinyl the other day for the first time in ages, it’s still very good, just a bit different from Viet Cong


#84

got through the first 3 tracks but now it’s stopped…


#85

oh well, giving it a go, let’s see what happens


#86

whole thing has worked for me!


#87

Ok I refreshed the page and it’s now back to just ‘Espionage’ but I did manage to get a full listen of the album in and it seemed cool, the last track especially.


#88

favourite track?

This for me. So great


#89

Continental Shelf by an absolute mile.


#90

I’m gonna put the record on and let you know, it could be any of them on their day though


#91

Actually it’s very obviously Silhouettes or Death


#92

Death, for me. Incredible song.

Think I’ll be heading to Ramsgate Music Hall to see them again. They were immense before (as Viet Cong), I got up close and personal:


#93

Oh, my! This is the kind of sound I love.

Excited.


#94

I’ve been listening to it on repeat since yesterday. Really really really digging this.


#95

Total agreement. It’s so fucking explosive and frantic. One of the best closers I can think of.


#96

the start of it is very Soft Moon. I instantly rate this track over 90% of the last album, which was far from terrible but was not the follow-up to Viet Cong that I’d hoped for.


#97

didn’t realise the last album was thought of which such low regard around here, it’s really good!


#98

Don’t get me wrong: I like it. It’s just that it’s a bit lacking in punch, and what they do with Memory on the one hand (jam together 2 songs plus some noise) and Forbidden on the other (cut the song off just when it’s starting) annoys me a bit. Anxiety, Zodiac, Monotony and especially Stimulation (especially!) are all great tracks, but the others don’t quite live up to their promise.

Basically, it’s a 7.5/10 (maybe 8) album, when Viet Cong was A++


#99

ha, yeah. i wouldn’t mind the Forbidden thing on its own, but the fact that the length of the noise drone at the end of Memory suggests they’re trying to pad the album out a bit* does make my frustrated that they didn’t just make that Forbidden outro go somewhere instead. it does sound like it’s shaping up to be great when it fades out.

*(same with the drone at the start of Anxiety being a touch longer than it should be as well - also weird that they didn’t edit that down for the video either, i wonder how many newcomers gave up on it before the song actually started)

still think it’s a v good album though. doesn’t hit the same heights as the best songs on the first but is maybe a bit more consistent all round.


#100

Sounds ace! Some parts really remind me of Depeche Mode.