Preoccupations, the band formerly known as Viet Cong, have endured a lot of flack over alleged racial insensitivity, whether warranted or otherwise. It’s difficult to disregard that tension on their newest single, “Anxiety,” a clunk, discordant synth-rock anthem that feels hesitantly optimistic. Frontman Matt Flegel’s voice sounds sour and gruff, emphasizing the bleak, unsaturated shots of the track’s visual. There’s full frontal female nudity, art house horror movie montages and pointed references to the work of American photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard. But for all its bleakness, the video evokes a subtle sense of light-heartedness–as if the band knows how silly this all must look from the other side. And that’s exactly why it’s so fun. Preoccupations is the sound of Viet Cong giving zero fucks.
The self-titled Preoccupations LP will drop September 16 via Jagjaguwar.