The War on Drugs’ dreamy country-rock music evokes slow motion, even as its songs move at a sprightly pace. The driving rhythm behind "Under the Pressure" is caked in heavily reverbed guitars and washes of synthesizer, even as real-life guitar solos and Adam Granduciel's vocals come through more clearly than ever before. Similarly "Red Eyes" is like some lost '80s collaboration between The Highwaymen and The Cure, effusing brilliant colors with its bright synths and yelping vocals, but the most stunning moment comes in the minute or so in the middle of the songs when a third of the sound is stripped away, leaving a gorgeous, introspective bridge before Granduciel's yelp brings everything crashing back, while the rhythm stays insistent as always. Lost in the Dream invites repeat listens—atmospheric pieces like "The Haunting Idle" keep things spacious, yet the band comes back for the Bruce Springsteen-vibing "Burning" in the albums latter half. As its title would suggest, it's an album to get lost in. It feels like seeing the entire open road ahead of you, coasting yet seemingly to move in place while the sun sets and middle-of-nowhere stations play Bruce and Tom Petty in the background.
Here are 12 great albums that are coming out soon. Better save your pennies!
Out March 18
Atlanta’s finest, scuzziest garage rock band is back with its seventh album. It’s co-produced by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney. The video for “Boys in the Wood” has all kinds of homoerotic and drug-fueled forest mayhem.
Out March 18
The event will feature an intimate discussion and performance from the duo, made up of Summers and multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles. Tickets are $25 and are available here.
The band started after The Police reunion tour of 2008. Summers, who has released many solo albums and had just played on the third highest-grossing tour of all time, was looking for a new project. He saw Giles’ band The Rescues play a few years back at The Troubador and knew he’d met his new musical partner. Circus Hero features 13 tracks of high-energy pop rock, fueled by Summers’ trademark, stuttering riffs and Giles’ soaring vocals, which do bear some resemblance to those of Sting.
Some sweet sounds from Teebs to match this early Summer weather we’re having. The Brainfeeder producer from Chino Hills has a new album due April 8 called E S T A R A, and we’ve got the second song from it (following the slow-motion jungle beats of “View Point”) with “Holiday.” Stones Throw’s Jonti offers faraway vocals that are folded into a lush dreamscape. Feels like a memory of spending a day in the park.
SFV Acid – “Cheddar Mercedes”
I was never clear if San Fernando Valley-based SFV Acid were a reference to acid house, acid the drug or some sort of actual acid found in the Valley. Whatever the ref, SFV Acid is great, and the awesomely named “Cheddar Mercedes” is a great bit of casio-fueled dingey house stuff. I don’t know what to call this exactly, but it just makes me feel good to listen to it. He’s got a new album out April 25 called Amber’s House on UNO.
Next Thursday, March 20, at 10 a.m., Amoeba Hollywood will host a press conference to announce the list of titles for Record Store Day, which takes place April 19.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will be on hand to open the event with a Record Store Day Proclamation. Following will be the announcement of titles and highlights, and a roundtable discussion with rap legend Chuck D, The Doors drummer John Densmore, local record store owners and more special guests.
Chuck D was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year for his work leading the pioneering hip-hop group Public Enemy, helping to make politically and socially conscious lyrics popular in hip-hop. Densmore, also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, was the drummer for the classic L.A. band The Doors, and he appeared with Doors bandmates Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek in the 2012 documentary RE:GENERATION, which saw Densmore collaborate with electronic music star Skrillex.
A simultaneous RSD event will take place in London March 20, while another event will also take place that day in Nashville. The list of titles that will come out on Record Store Day will also be released the same day on www.recordstoreday.com.