Preoccupations : "Cassette"

Preoccupations "Cassette"

Now back on vinyl! Over the course of 2013, Matt Flegel and Scott Munro worked in their basement studio with a mess of old and run down equipment to build a set of fresh material. Joined by bandmates Daniel Christiansen and Michael Wallace, the band completed work on an debut cassette. A small run of these hastily dubbed tapes would be available on the first tour by the band now known as Preoccupations. Due to high demand and critical acclaim for this hard-to-find item, the tape was re-released on vinyl by Mexican Summer in the Summer of 2014, simply titled “Cassette”. Now the album is back in print and available again on vinyl 12” and digital download.

Cassette serves as a gateway into the world of Preoccupations and is an exciting and defiant music statement. Pitchfork reviewed the EP and wrote, "Viet Cong's songs are complex puzzles. It's like they hear the direction a song is going in and then purposefully take a step in a different direction, and from that place they try to figure out the least obvious way to get back to where they started. The thrill of listening to them is in hearing how they deliberately hurl obstacles in front of themselves while trying to maintain a sense of forward momentum."

Stereogum have hailed the EP as something special, saying "... every song here is overflowing with unpredictable shifts, twisting guitar lines, and major emotional weight while still sounding like breezy psych-rock. It's a fantastic introduction".

Cassette is self released and distributed available through Flemish Eye in Canada (and via Jagjaguwar worldwide).

 


1 THROW IT AWAY
2 UNCONSCIOUS MELODY
3 OXYGEN FEED
4 STATIC WALL
5 STRUCTURELESS DESIGN
6 DARK ENTRIES
7 SELECT YOUR DRONE

Reviews

“gristly psych has a serrated post-punk edge, and a bloodied feel, somewhere between the Velvet Underground and British punk rock.”
- NME (9/10)

""Throw It Away" revs up with intertwined guitar jangle and spiky melodies, like Television on amphetamines, while "Static Wall" sounds like it was forgotten from the Children of Nuggets comp."
- Exclaim

"Ignore them at your peril."
- The Globe & Mail 



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