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REVIEW: Preoccupations - Degraded

REVIEW: Preoccupations - “Degraded”

By: Daniel Ward
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A review of the Preoccupations song “Degraded.”

 

Preoccupations, formally known as Viet Cong, are teasing singles for their upcoming album due out on Jagjaguar September 16th.  This self-titled album was written in a period of instability—members of the band had recently come out of long-term relationships and had moved to different cities.  They adopted a new approach to songwriting and did something pretty unheard of for an established band: they changed their name due to controversy.  The band has teased two songs off the record, first “Anxiety” and now “Degraded.”


“Degraded” is probably the closest to a pop-song you’ll get from Preoccupations; however, it still has a vicious bite and at its core there is a deep sense of malaise.  The song begins with a super hot, metallic synth before the chainsaw bass enters.  An eerie, icy synth dominates the chorus and the drums pound the sides of the mix in true post-punk fashion—just like machines in a factory.  The vocal melody may be pop leaning, but there is a sense of mystery and terror no pop song would ever touch on.


Even though Preoccupations have come out top, you can hear the turmoil and confusion in these songs.  Still, despite the adversity and terror, they hung on and pushed through this transformational period.  They have created great new music.

 

Preoccupations - “Degraded”


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