So yes, Springsteen, Dylan, Tom Petty, and Neil Young all made songs between 1983 and 1988 that sounded something like the War on Drugs, but they often had these booming gated drums, a technique Granduciel mostly avoids. Take this heart of chalk as it crumbles in your hands And then just draw around my body, that was never yours to have And now that outline on the floor, the void that I have left Well that's what you get, that's what you get.
The singer and songwriter Adam Granduciel, who leads the War on Drugs and who is often compared to Springsteen, arrives at similar terrain from another angle. The approach to rhythm highlights the glide of the arrangement, creating a long rope of sound bound together so tightly it could never be pulled apart. Whooo keeps you so cold, so cold, so cold, so cold...? Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music.
When you count me like a number Just another lover added to your list Now you play me like a hopscotch Jump right across my bleak abyss Now you kill me like a rumour That goes no further never to exist Now you treat me like a stranger You don't remember my tender kiss. Contact Sophie Madeleine. Skip to content Search query All Results. In his early songs, Bruce Springsteen wrote about machines.
Sophie Madeleine Brighton. On A Deeper Understanding , his first album for Atlantic, the synths get an extra twinkle, the bass-led builds get another octave of rumble, and some songs have a dozen instruments on them where they once might have had seven or eight. Machines take you places and inflict things upon you, and machines also rust and break down and remind you that time is passing and death is always near. The Jazz Angst Years.
A Deeper Understanding is his most layered and meticulous album, a twilight world in which to lose yourself. When you count me like a number Just another lover added to your list Now you play me like a hopscotch Jump right across my bleak abyss Whooo made that mark upon your heart? Beneath the lush surface, songs focus on loneliness, alienation, private suffering, and the rare moments when you can leave that all behind.
Like the music from that era, A Deeper Understanding is all about contrast, the push and pull of rock grittiness and authenticity, while the layers of keyboards and studio sheen give the music a dreamier quality, suggesting the kind of imaginary spaces dreamed up by future-obsessed ravers. Tags pop indie pop singer-songwriter Brighton.
He plays roughly half the instruments on the album, in addition to producing and engineering it. A different songwriter—someone like Neil Young, say—might sketch out what this place looks like, tell us about who we might find there.
The obsessive studio work of Adam Granduciel creates a hermetic experience like no other. Streaming and Download help. Whooo changed your light side to dark? In a white digipak printed with metallic gold ink, and featuring artwork by Sophie herself. Purchasable with gift card. Whoo stole your soul? The intricate production and subject matter lend a feeling of hermeticism; the album is a place you hide inside, not a tool for exploring the world.
His interest is easy to understand.