Adam Granduciel began work on The War on Drugs' third album, which would become Lost in the Dream, while the band was on tour in 2012. The process of writing and recording stretched out over 15 months and employed five different studios in as many states. Instead of resulting in a disjointed pastiche of different ideas, Lost in the Dream represents the group's most lustrous, intricately detailed, and beautifully rendered record to date. While Granduciel involved his touring band more here than on any of his previous releases, his perfectionist tendencies still held sway, resulting in endless cycles of recording, revising, and scrapping. Such self-doubt wasn’t helped by the fact that Granduciel was recovering from the end of a long-term relationship -- the ashes of which are scattered all over Lost in the Dream's lyrics sheet. Its songs are expansive, and combine to form a near flawless collection of guitar theatrics and atmospheric synths that gradually, and very subtly, blossom into something wondrous and profound.