The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (2xLP Vinyl)

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A Deeper Understanding is the band’s first album since 2014’s universally acclaimed Lost In The Dream, and their debut album with Atlantic. For much of the three and a half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs’ frontman, Adam Granduciel, led the charge for his Philadelphia-based sextet as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker—but, above all, to busy himself in work. Teaming up with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), Granduciel challenged the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today’s modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates – bassist Dave Hartley, keyboarding Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez -- continuously throughout the process, the result is a “band record” in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn. Through those years of relocation, the revisiting and reexamining of endless hours of recordings, unbridled exploration and exuberance, Granduciel’s gritty love of his craft succeeded in pushing the band to great heights.

Adam Granduciel spent over two years in multiple studios working on A Deeper Understanding, The War on Drugs' fourth album and debut for Atlantic. It's the first of a two-record deal that promised complete creative control to Granduciel who took immediate advantage by trying countless combinations of acoustic and electronic sounds, and building up song arrangements only to tear them back down. He also plays roughly half the instruments on this album, in addition to producing and engineering. The effort resulted in extravagant arrangements, even if the band leans slightly away from the explosive anthems found on Lost in the Dream. Tracks weave their way through hazy reverb, and a shimmering, engulfing atmosphere that manages to never overpower its lyrical focus on loneliness, alienation, and private suffering. The music on A Deeper Understanding unfurls gracefully, evoking not only the grittiness and authenticity of classic rock, but also a dreamier, more impalpable allure.

By: Call_of_the_void

A1 Up All Night
A2 Pain
A3 Holding On
B1 Strangest Thing
B2 Knocked Down
B3 Nothing To Find
C1 Thinking Of A Place
C2 In Chains
D1 Clean Living
D2 You Don't Have To Go


Cat No:  561934-1

Record Label : Atlantic