Slave Ambient, the sophomore full-length from Adam Granduciel’s newly expanded project The War On Drugs, is due out August 15th on Secretly Canadian. The follow-up to the Philadelphia outfit’s criminally underrated 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues is a pretty awesome example of how to take a handful of age-old styles – folk, blues, classic rock, FM pop – and combine them into something that sounds both brand new and timeless. Whilst the album’s hazy finger-picked Americana will no doubt invite comparisons with former collaborator Kurt Vile’s recent Smoke Ring For My Halo, Slave Ambient also packs in rhythmic nods to Krautrockers like Neu! and Cluster, droning Komische synths and Springsteen-sized hooks, leaving Vile looking like an embarrassed kid who has just been shown how it’s really done by his smarter, tougher older brother.
Listen: “Baby Missiles” http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/babymissiles.mp3