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    Lost In The Dream

    Lost In The Dream is the third album by Philadelphia band The War on Drugs,but in many ways,it feels
    like the first. Around the release of the 2011 breakthrough Slave Ambient,Adam Granduciel spent the
    bulk of two years on the road, touring through progressively larger rock clubs, festival stages and late night television slots. As these dozen songs shifted and grew beyond what they'd been in the studio, The War on Drugs became a bona fide rock 'n'roll band.


    That essence drives Lost In The Dream, a 10-song set produced by Granduciel and longtime engineer Jeff
    Zeigler. In the past, Granduciel built the core of songs largely by himself. But these tunes were played
    and recorded by the group that had solidified so much on the road: Dave Hartley, (his favorite bassist
    in the world), who had played a bit on The War on Drugs' 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, and pianist
    Robbie Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who contributed to Slave Ambient. This unit spent eight
    months bouncing between a half-dozen different studios that stretched from the mountains of North
    Carolina to the boroughs of New York City. Only then did Granduciel-the proudly self-professed
    gearhead, and unrepentant perfectionist-add and subtract, invite guests and retrofit pieces. He
    sculpted these songs into a musical rescue mission, through and then beyond personal despair and
    anxiety. Lost In The Dream represents the trials of the trip and the triumphs of its destination.


    "I wanted there to be a singular voice, but I wanted it to be a project of great friends. Everyone in the
    band cares about it so much,"he says."That is the crux of it-growing up,dealing with life,having close
    friends, helping each other get by. That is what the record's all about.


    As such, these tunes reveal a careful and thrilling reinvention of the sound that's become The War on
    Drugs' trademark. The signature meld of long tones and scatter shot layers still stands, with phantom
    drum machines and organ lines dotting the musical middle distance all across Lost In The Dream.Note
    the way the keys whisper against the guitar's growl as the tempestuous"An Ocean in Between the Waves"
    approaches pentecostal heat. Hear how,when a sharp and hard riff cuts into the inescapable chorus of
    "Red Eyes," synthetic strings and baritone saxophone shape a soft, infinite bed beneath it. But there's a
    new found directness to these tunes, too. Granduciel's voice steps out from behind its typical web of
    effects-louder now, with more experiences to share and more steel from having survived them. He
    sounds less like a prismatic reflection of a rock bandleader, more like the emboldened actualization of
    that idea. With its crisp, unencumbered delivery, "Eyes to the Wind" becomes the album's centerpiece
    and the group's new anthem.This is Granduciel's to-date triumph and the exact moment where Lost In
    The Dream moves from a tale of confusion to one of resolve. Throughout most of the record, grips
    loosen and senses fail, memories are mourned and expectations are abandoned. But after the Rolling
    Thunder lift of "Eyes to the Wind," Granduciel finds new contentment and direction. Anguish
    sublimates into deliverance. Backed by his bros, Granduciel becomes a preacher in a new pulpit.

    1. Under The Pressure
    2. Red Eyes
    3. Suffering
    4. An Ocean In Between The Waves
    5. Disappearing
    6. Eyes To The Wind
    7. The Haunting Idle
    8. Burning
    9. Lost In The Dream
    10. In Reverse
    The War On Drugs
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    A Deeper Understanding

    The War On Drugs has announced their fourth full-length album, A Deeper Understanding, set for release via Atlantic Records. A Deeper Understanding is the band's first album since 2014's universally acclaimed Lost In The Dream, and their debut album with Atlantic.

    For much of the three and a half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs' frontman, Adam Granduciel, led the charge for his Philadelphia-based sextet as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker-but, above all, to busy himself in work. Teaming up with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), Granduciel challenged the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today's modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates - bassist Dave Hartley, keyboarding Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez -- continuously throughout the process, the result is a band record in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn. Through those years of relocation, the revisiting and reexamining of endless hours of recordings, unbridled exploration, and exuberance, Granduciel's gritty love of his craft succeeded in pushing the band to great heights.

    1. Up All Night
    2. Pain
    3. Holding On
    4. Strangest Thing
    5. Knocked Down
    6. Nothing To Find
    7. Thinking of a Place
    8. In Chains
    9. Clean Living
    10. You Don't Have To Go
    The War On Drugs
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