Preoccupations are closing out 2016 with a video of epic proportions, unleashing the visual accompaniment for “Memory.” The song, which features Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, is the cornerstone track from their recently released critically acclaimed self-titled album. “Memory” is over 11 minutes of sonic excellence, a track which the New York Times wrote is “…a suitelike excursion through bewilderment, disillusion, alienation and entropy” while Consequence of Sound described it as “a swirling mass of moving parts” split “equally between mechanical clanging and buzzing, fuzzed out guitar work and soaring heart-on-sleeve indie piano runs.” Stereogum simply says, “Memory” is “an 11-minute gracefully unspooling meditation.”
The short was a collaborative effort between the band’s Michael Wallace and Canadian Filmmaker Kevan Funk. They went back and forth discussing images and themes, in building a story, creating the character, and shaping the tension and release. With the song being about the loss of mind, the short explores this through watching someone get lost inside his own head, images of boiling over, and the inability to define what’s real from what has been constructed.