While on tour over in Europe, The War on Drugs stopped by Bowlegs studio in the UK for a session with the amazing videographers at 4Eyes. In the video, the Drugs show their jammy side by combining the entire session into an extended three-song segue featuring “Your Love Is Calling My Name” > “The Animator” > “Come to the City.” Check it out below and pick up their new long player Slave Ambient out now on Secretly Canadian.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been championing The War on Drugs‘ new longplayer Slave Ambient as one of the top albums of the year. In a previous post, I mentioned the Drugs’ deep sonic textures that play off the title “Slave Ambient”—a 13 minute ambient jam that is sampled beneath many of the tracks—providing the album with its spacey underpinnings. In the coming weeks, those ambient tracks will be put on display on Side 2 of a new limited edition cassette (Side 1 features the LP) via Mirror Universe Tapes. Below, you can stream/download the first jam off Side 2.
Next Tuesday August 16, Philly’s rootsy-psych rockers The War on Drugs will release their second full-length Slave Ambient via Secretly Canadian. Following the depature of former guitarist Kurt Vile, frontman Adam Granduciel has been hard at work creating tracks and overdubs for the upcoming release. It’s been since 2008 that the previous LP, Wagonwheel Blues, dropped, and upon hearing Slave Ambient it will immediately become clear as to why. On the new LP, the band delves into highly textured, spacey rock songs that glide beneath the plainspoken singers Springsteen-esque, Americana-style vocal delivery. The album title resonates throughout the 12 tracks, as songs often drift into layered, synthed-out ambient jam segments. Much the same as the previous LP, this is a record for the road and one that will surely make my Top 10 albums of the year list. I highly recommend heading out to your local record store next Tuesday and picking up the new album by this criminally underrated band. Alternatively, you can order Slave Ambient from Secretly Canadian here.
Mp3: “Come to the City”
MP3: “Baby Missiles”
[as always, right click and choose ‘save as’ to download the songs]