The War on Drugs – Thinking of a Place

According to David Bevan’s article on Pitchfork, at one point Adam Granduciel was so anxious that after he cut the basic tracks for “Red Eyes” in Hoboken. NJ, he worried about never witnessing its release.

Oh man, I hope I don’t die before this record comes out, because I want people to hear that song.

It’s impossible to listen to The War on Drugs without feeling some sort of malaise. Their 2014 album, Lost in a Dream, has track names like, “Red Eyes”, “Suffering”, “Under Pressure” and “Disappearing.” When you read David Bevan’s article you understand the severity of Granduciel’s depressive state (“today is just going to be another long, shitty fucking day”). But there was a turning point – a moment when Granduciel started to understand that making music was for him a powerful and cathartic process.

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The War on Drug’s newest release, Thinking of a Place, rings with the same melancholic wandering, but you can hear a turning point personified at 5:50. Where most songs fade to meet their natural end, Adam Granduciel hesitates, and for a moment hangs on this precipitous ledge, as if weighing his options. Then, Granduciel relights his heaving, undulating guitar to dive back in.

I’m moving through the dark

Of a long black night

And I’m looking at the moon

And the light it shines

Bonobo – Kerala

This morning Bonobo announced on Instagram that his next album, Migration, will be released 1.13.17.

Aesthetically, Bonobo is beyond anyone else. His sound is crisp. His imagery is tantalizing. Just take a look at the visuals for the first single taken from his upcoming album.

Full song below. Mark your calendars!

A$AP Rocky – L$D (LOVE x $EX x DREAMS)

If you’re an Aftermath follower, you know that we’ve been gearing up for A$AP’s newest album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, for awhile. With each pre-released song, the hype continued to build. And then suddenly this past Monday, a week before its intended release date, A$AP dropped his sophomoric album announcing it via Twitter.

Simply said, the album is fire. Personally, it’s one of the first times I’ve ever allowed myself to get so invested in the anticipatory excitement leading up to the release of a rap album. Typically I put forth a half-ass effort and continue to enjoy my entrenched position within electronic music, sifting through obscure Soundcloud pages. But A$AP and his new album are brilliant. And by embracing a dark, psychedelic sound, he’s produced a thing of beauty – taking a creative leap forward in the rap game.

For me the highlight has to be the music video for LSD. Set in Tokyo, A$AP is led around a foreign city by a beautiful girl, stopping to bask in multi-colored lights and dimly lit alley ways. Right from the beginning, A$AP lures the viewer into psychedelic submission, leading us around Tokyo in a somniferous stupor.