Monday, March 17, 2014

Happiest Monday: New War on Drugs Album

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My goodness, this is going to be a dreamy week.

Two years after Slave Ambient, Kurt Vile's former band War on Drugs releases their new album Lost In The Dream tomorrow, and let me tell you - this release is a glorious lovechild of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and some shamelessly retro radio star. These kind of expansive, 1980s-sounding rock anthems are meant to catch air from the open road; they're meant to anchor the young and longing. They sound so good, so accessible and so meaningful right at first listen. Not enough sounds like this anymore.

Gorgeous tracks like "Eyes to the Wind" and "Under The Pressure" - the magical 9-minute long opener that takes galloping percussion and radio-rock notes from Dire Straits and the Eagles - are the kinds of soul-searchers you can easily imagine blaring down a flickering late-night highway. Lead singer Adam Granduciel's vocal register is pristine - echoing between both triumphant, unadorned rock ingredients and spurts of more modern drum machines and synth.

According to the band's press release, “Lost In The Dream is a familiar kick in the gut, reminding listeners what music is supposed to sound like, making you want to run Rocky-style through the streets (or at least us anyways).” Amen. Have a great week.






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