Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong) will release their first album under their new name next week. We’ve heard two singles from it so far — “Anxiety” and “Degraded” — and today we get what’s probably the best song on the album, an 11-minute gracefully unspooling meditation called “Memory.” It features Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner on vocals throughout most of the track, and goes through about three or four different suites in its long runtime. The band’s Monty Munro talks a bit about the song’s conception in a press release:
“Memory” was the second song that we started working on for Preoccupations after “Anxiety”. It was unique to the sessions of the record in that we worked on it in every studio that we were in. The idea we had for it’s arc made it necessary to put more work into it than any of the other tracks. The finished result was worked on in 6 different studios over almost two years. Getting Dan in to record the vocals was the final piece of the puzzle and was Matt’s idea. We were tracking in Montreal and cold-called him to see if he wanted to sing a duet of sorts, but his vocal was so perfect for it that we didn’t use Matt’s for most of it.
Preoccupations is out 9/16 via Jagjaguwar.