The War On Drugs.

Listen: The War On Drugs Release New Single, Confirm Date For Next Album

It’s felt like such a long wait between albums from Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs, their breakout smash Lost In The Dream back in 2014. They returned with a brand new single Thinking Of A Place earlier this year with whispers that a new record was imminent. Today they’re back again with the exquisite new single Holding On and some fantastic news for fans.

Clocking in at just over four minutes long, actually quite short and snappy by the usually lofty standards of Adam Granduciel and co, Holding On rides along a wave of gorgeously icy synths, a relentless bass line and guitar licks dancing around like flames. Granduciel’s breathy Dylan-meets-Petty vocals waft over it all dreamily. Listen to it below:

Holding On should definitely appeal to those whose favourite moments on Lost In The Dream were its anthemic uptempo tracks like An Ocean Between The Waves and Red Eyes and bodes well for a strong follow-up record.

That record, also announced via social media today, will be titled A Deeper Understanding and is slated for release August 25th this year. With a North American and European tour in support of it, surely it’s only a matter of time before The War On Drugs make their way back to Australia.

A Deeper Understanding is out August 25th via Secretly Canadian.

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