Album artwork for Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs
Album artwork for Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs
Album artwork for Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs

The War On Drugs conjure an ambling drone that conceals real pop-hooks and allows classic-rock colours to seep through. Main man Adam Granduciel gets plenty of Dylan comparisons, but Slave Ambient feels like a more back-alley Byrds filtered through a gauzier Spacemen 3 lens.

The chugging "Your Love Is Calling My Name" drives that road for six blissful minutes, but their best song, "Baby Missiles" - in a different version here than on 2010's Future Weather EP - overlays a synth aura, like '80s-era Springsteen, with a splash of Kurt Vile. It's vexing in exactly the right way.

The War On Drugs

Slave Ambient

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The War On Drugs

Slave Ambient

Secretly Canadian
Album artwork for Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs
LPx2 +

£39.99£24.99

saleexclusive

Clear Purple Splatter

Rough Trade Exclusive
Limited to 700 copies
Released 15/09/2023Catalogue Number

SC190LP-C2

Album artwork for Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs
LPx2

£24.99

Black
Released 04/01/2019Catalogue Number

SC190LP

Album artwork for Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs
CD

£9.99

Released 15/08/2011Catalogue Number

sc190cd

The War On Drugs conjure an ambling drone that conceals real pop-hooks and allows classic-rock colours to seep through. Main man Adam Granduciel gets plenty of Dylan comparisons, but Slave Ambient feels like a more back-alley Byrds filtered through a gauzier Spacemen 3 lens.

The chugging "Your Love Is Calling My Name" drives that road for six blissful minutes, but their best song, "Baby Missiles" - in a different version here than on 2010's Future Weather EP - overlays a synth aura, like '80s-era Springsteen, with a splash of Kurt Vile. It's vexing in exactly the right way.