The War On Drugs' 'Holding On' Has Us Dancing and Staring Into Space
    • THURSDAY, JUNE 01, 2017

    • Posted by: Jake Holzman

    The thing I loved the most about The War On Drugs' 2014 album Lost in the Dream was how it made you feel lost in a trance as much as it made you want to dance, and the band's newest single, "Holding On," exists in a similar space. It'll remind you of the band's achievements with blending americana and psychedelic rock on Lost in the Dream, while also sounding like a natural step forward. It'll also make you want to get up and move around like you're Courteney Cox in that classic music video for Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark." That's because the song sounds like an 80s rock or americana chart-topper that was propelled swiftly into the future. The otherworldly synths at the beginning invite you in, promising something pleasant before the track really kicks off. From there, the band never loses their momentum, and the single propels along without missing a beat. "Holding On" is an incredibly fun listen, and when you combine this track with the first single they released from their new album, the expansive, 11 minutes-long "Thinking of a Place," you'll remember just how excitingly ambitious this band is. The War On Drugs' fourth album, A Deeper Understanding, comes out on August 25th.

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