The War On Drugs / “Red Eyes”

December 4, 2013

Written by: Jason Ribadeneyra

The War On Drugs


“Red Eyes”

Secretly Canadian

Here is the first song released from Philly’s The War On Drugs’ upcoming album Lost In The Dream (out March ’14) and it’s got my eyes wide closed. At first listen I’m driving fast through empty streets on cold nights away from troubles. It’s foggy out. This is the kind of song that takes over and for those 5 minutes it’s the only thing that really exists. The verse is their signature steady buildup that lasts until that carefree “whoa” is shouted out and then everything expands and I’m in love.

Adam Granduciel follows up 2011’s incredible Slave Ambient with what’s, judging by this track, going to be one of the most beautiful and important albums of 2014. Just when I start to get ahead of myself and begin to get lost I hear the culmination of every emotion and sunset in a song like this and I’m alright. I let it end and start it over from the beginning.

Jasen Ribadenera

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