“A flawless collection of dreamy vibes, shifting moods, and movement” (In an interview it was said that, Adam has a ‘leslie speaker’ that is always turned ‘on’ in the background. This adds ‘swirling ambient sounds’ atmosphere that the band has, that’s a cool concept. What an extremely well -produced album, ‘Lost in the dream’. is! (album of the year 2014).
I love listening to this when on a plane or driving….
Not every band has the vibe around it that the whole album is something to be looked forward to. That’s a special thing. ~` Adam Granduciel
“Red Eyes” by The War on Drugs // Lost in the Dream (Out March 2014 via Secretly Canadian)
I’d forgotten how much I have missed The War on Drugs. Luckily, I also enjoy surprises and today’s announcement of a new album from Philly’s finest was just the bit of excellent surprise that I was needing. Frontman Adam Granduciel made the announce of the forthcoming album, Lost in the Dream, as well as dropping the absolutely stunning new track, “Red Eyes”. In the past, the band made excellent psych pop by way of Americana (not unlike past collaborator Kurt Vile), and things haven’t shifted far off from that - but there’s a newfound urgency and power in “Red Eyes”. Imagine Springsteen or Tom Petty exploring shoegaze sounds through the guise of a road album. The driving beat, the fuzzed out electric guitar, the soaring organ, and the powerful / freewheeling vocals of Granuciel - it’s all just perfect. It absolutely floors me that this late in the year I am hearing singles that are worthy of the best of the year.
Sharon Van Etten, Adam Granduciel, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler - I’m Wrong / Thirteen (Big Star Cover)
Two of the three songs this “supergroup” played last night. Apologies for the mediocre sound and the inability to see Mary Lattimore behind a piano. I recorded this because Becca demanded it!
Lil’ Edit: I love this version of I’m Wrong, even without drums, I just love the amount of noise that comes from these four, it’s not as intense as when it was Sharon, Doug, Aaron Dessner and THURSTON FUCKING MOORE playing it at Town Hall last year, but it’s still incredible.
Tiny Music Critic’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2014: No. 6
6. The War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Release date: 18th March)
Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs has a lot to live up to following 2011’s expansive and uniformly excellent ‘Slave Ambient’ album. That LP was like Kurt Vile and Bruce Springsteen getting high before going for a long drive across the good ol’ U. S. of A.
'Red Eyes’, the first taste of 'Lost in the Dream’, is a typical The War on Drugs track, with that unmistakeable guitar tone, that driving forward momentum and Granduciel’s bold proclamations about the human condition (“It’s easier to stick to the earth”). But there’s a sense of the unknown too, introduced by the droning woodwind section, and that uncharacteristic, in-the-red, clipped “whoo” that sparks the most joyous instrumental indie-rock passage since the climax of Vampire Weekend’s 'Hannah Hunt’. 'Lost in the Dream’ may have a lot to do to live up to 'Slave Ambient’, but if 'Red Eyes’ is any indication, Granduciel is up to the task.
NEWS: The War On Drugs, the Philadelphia-based project of Adam Granduciel, has announced a U.S. tour for March and April of next year. You can check out the dates and details at http://digtb.us/THEWARONDRUGS
The War On Drugs Announce New Album / Release New Single
The War On Drugs, the Philadelphia-based project of Adam Granduciel, is set to release their third full-length album, the beautifully sweeping Lost In The Dream, on March 18, 2014 via Secretly Canadian. Written and recorded over two-plus years in Philadelphia, North Carolina, New York and New Jersey, the album is an outstanding presentation of Granduciel’s progression and growth as a songwriter, performer, and producer.
Lost In The Dream is available for pre-order now. The album’s first single, “Red Eyes” is available as an instant download with pre-order purchase as well as a standalone single on iTunes.