THE WAR ON DRUGS
One of the most anticipated albums of the year comes out on Tuesday when The War on Drugs release their third album, Lost in the Dream, the follow up to the excellent Slave Ambient, which was named of the best albums of 2011 by many publications. Upon the first few listens, the Philadelphia-based band – comprising of Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar), David Hartley (bass, guitar), Robbie Bennett (keyboards, guitar), and Patrick Berkery (drums) – have produced a stellar record.
There is an undeniable familiarity in the album, as Lost in the Dream resonates with the sounds of late ’70s and ’80s rock, such as on “Eyes to the Wind” that recalls Don Henley. Yet at the same time, it is a refreshing take on classic rock, as Granduciel & co. mix ambient textures and include melody and tempo shifts fantastically throughout the album to create an atmospheric effect (the best example being “Red Eyes”). In some ways, it could be considered a great road-trip album; in other ways, it’s just an album to sit back and enjoy from start to finish.
While The War on Drugs is the band tied to the album, Lost in the Dream was more of a solo project, as the previous album wasn. In an excellent, extensive article written by Ryan Leas of Stereogum, Granduciel states, ““This wasn’t a band record. This was a solo record. I knew that. They’ve all been solo records.”
At the same time, the chemistry between Granduciel and his band is critical in capturing the sound and vision that Granduciel wants to create. In that same article, he says, “It wouldn’t be what it is if it was just me asking friends to play on a record. They know they’re part of the band, but they also know I am who I am.”
For those new to The War on Drugs, this opportunity for Granduciel may never have turned out this way because the band was originally the brainchild of Kurt Vile – the great Philadelphia singer-songwriter who, too, has produced critically acclaimed albums. But after Vile left the band in 2009 to focus on his solo career, The War on Drugs became Granduciel’s project and the results have been outstanding.
The small Central American country of Costa Rica is best known for its sub-tropical weather and as a popular, ecotourism destination. CoLoRnOiSe, though, wants to make the country as known for producing great rock music.
Formed in 2009 by Sonya Carmona (lead vocals/guitar) and Alison Alvarado (drums/vocals), CoLoRnOiSe is a self-described experimental, noise-rock band. Their sound is reminiscent of The Pack A.D. in their early years and Le Butcherette with their melodic, dense, dark, and almost doom-rock sound. And while they come from Costa Rica, their music is in English in order to reach a broader audience.
In 2011, they released their first eight-track LP, Fake Apocalypse, and they followed their debut album with the single “Time” in 2012. They toured in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Brazil in support of these releases. Their breakthrough, though, came with an invitation to the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival in Toronto – the Canadian cousin to SXSW.
In September 2013, they released their second, eight-track LP, Polychronic, to critical acclaim in their native country, including being named Best Artist, Best Album, and Best Video for “Button” from various publications and blogs. And to help them broaden their base, CoLoRnOiSe has been invited yet again to this year’s NXNE.
You can purchase their albums on their Bandcamp site, which is below, and download “Time” and other tracks for free on their Soundcloud site. Other than their appearance at NXNE, no word on whether they will be stopping in other North American cities.
Website – http://thecolornoise.com/
Bandcamp – http://colornoise.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/colornoise
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