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New 'The War On Drugs' single review

I really, really wanted to give this a review, but being a single it’s obviously unable to be added to the database. I’m aware of not written anything for a few weeks, so I'll get my arse in gear soon. This track is beautiful, really hope people that have liked their previous works dig it. Qualitatively a 4.5 ^ ^
1The War on Drugs
Wagonwheel Blues

Given how much I’ve grown to adore Lost In The Dream, the coming of a new The War On Drugs track read like a postcard from a travelling friend – a fleeting correspondence biding the time between two grander meetings. While never ones to try something radically different, ‘Thinking of a Place’ feels more or less like a continuation of the sound explored back in 2014; it may appear a touch more empyreal, by virtue of the synths partitioning each ‘movement’ and the closing passage’s seraphic notes, but at its core the self-assured pacing, warm heartland indie and Adam Granduciel’s wistful performance are still its fundamentals.
2The War on Drugs
Slave Ambient

Indeed, Granduciel sounds as good as ever, his peaceful delivery sitting perfectly with the still, dense atmosphere the guitars and synths develop. While staying stubbornly true to its slow/mid tempo and lack of bombast, The War on Drugs are able to keep the track feeling refreshed throughout its 11 minute run time by clever dissemination of lead duties between the instrumentalists and a controlled approach to improvisation around ideas. The simple melodies and licks which comprise most of the backing are unobtrusive yet beautiful, and any additional features - a guitar solo, traces of harmonica, choral notes - are complementary as opposed to ostentatious. As a result, the track develops organically, not feeling like 2 or 3 different pieces cobbled together for the sake of a lengthy piece.
3The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream

Ultimately, however, it feels slightly wrong to surgically analyse the components of ‘Thinking of a Place’; the sum of its parts is a condensation of everything I love about Granduciel and co., wrapped up in a neat 11 minute package. Their brand of spacey indie rock, peppered with heartland and psychedelic influence isn’t exactly flashy, but it induces feelings in me like few, if any other artists manage to in such quantities – a warm dopamine hit that induces feelings of nostalgia, tinged with melancholy as though I become truly lost in a bygone moment. As the final verse peters out into swells, haze and finally silence, the fuzz in my heart and the tears glistening my eyes tell me that they’ve succeeded again.
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