the ever-evolving post-punks deviate into icy, industrial territories here, with cavernous drum machines and chilly synths creating a sense of danger and depression as we dive into their exhilarating dark night of the soul.
these restless spirits once again find new sonic spaces in which to anchor their richly conceived songs. singer matt flegel sounds positively reznor-esque on ‘manipulation’, whilst ‘disarray’ flirts with a goth-y romanticism, all slow-motion dance-floor dreaminess. shards of melodic light illuminate the monochrome moods across the set, which conjures the spirits of new order, Depeche mode, and sisters of mercy of the old school, and invsn, john maus and the soft moon from the new. "New Material shows Calgary post-punk quartet Preoccupations confidently broaden their efforts and extenuating their sound to newer heights" 8/10 - line of best fit.