Right as the tumbling, knotted clusters of drum machine rhythms creep into the chilly three-note synth introduction of Degraded, it becomes clear that one is hearing a song by Preoccupations. The second single to be released from their excellent upcoming self-titled album, Degraded is propelled by Michael Wallace’s crisp drumming and a probing bassline by frontman Matthew Flegel — while a shifting, intricately detailed collage of synths, heavily effected guitars, and found sound lurks in the background. Flegel’s glazed, drawling croon conjures a wearily detached aspect that rubs neatly against the poignant melodic shapes of the song’s chorus, bundling up a few of the elements that make Preoccupations’ music so compelling. Take a listen to Degraded via Soundcloud below.
The release of Degraded comes hot on the heels of the first single from Preoccupations, Anxiety. That single was accompanied by David Yoonha Park’s unsettling surrealist music video. ‘Preoccupations’ is set for release September 16th via Flemish Eye in Canada.
‘Preoccupations’ track listing:
September 16th, 2016 (LP/CD/cassette/digital)
Pre-order ‘Preoccupations’ here.
Following their Sasquatch Festival debut and a blistering performance at the Ottawa Blues Festival, Preoccupations is gearing up for an extensive world tour. Dates have been announced and include a US leg with Explosions In The Sky, Canadian dates in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, and two packed months in the US and Europe. Full dates appear below.