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The War on Drugs- A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs have a follow-up to 2014’s excellent Lost in The Dream dropping next month and the Philly-based band hasn’t been messing around at all with the run up to A Deeper Understanding.

The latest evidence that the Americana-tinged psychedelic rock group’s latest effort could be every bit the equal of Lost in the Dream- “Strangest Thing.” The third track to spin off from the band’s fourth LP is a slow moving, six minute tune that finds frontman Adam Granduciel at his most resigned and gently singing about “finding another way” after “hiding out so long.” The backing gives Granduciel room to roam as it’s largely loping drums, floating synth sounds, dabs of organ and stray guitar chords. In fact, there are moments where the music is so unobtrusive that it’s almost a ghostly apparition quietly stalking Granduciel around.

That drastically changes in the second half of the epic when the six-string starts to squeal and the synths suffuse everything. Granduciel’s even moved to stop mewling and offer a full-throated defense. It’s a moment of finally finding something that’s as grandiose and all-encompassing as any song that’s dropped so far this year. Self-discovery takes a lot of time but the return on investment can be as rewarding as anything.

A Deeper Understanding is out August 25 on Atlantic and is absolutely one to be looking out for.


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