The War on Drugs issued expansive new song “Thinking of a Place,” ahead of its release as a 12-inch vinyl single for Record Store Day on April 22nd. The blissful, 11-minute cut marks the indie-rock band’s first new material since their 2014 LP, Lost in the Dream.
On the track, frontman Adam Granduciel sings hazy imagery (“Once I had a dream I was fallin’ from the sky/ Comin’ down like runnin’ water”) over a two-chord acoustic guitar strum, peppered with psychedelic guitar solos and synthesizer.
The Philadelphia sextet posted a Facebook video featuring in-studio footage and what sounds like the ambient synth intro to “Thinking of a Place.”
The band has yet to announce a fourth LP. Last year, the War on Drugs contributed a cover version of the Grateful Dead’s biggest hit, “Touch of Grey,” to the massive, 59-song tribute album Day of the Dead, curated by the National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner.
Record Store Day’s 10th anniversary event – which features St. Vincent’s Annie Clark as ambassador – will include numerous highly coveted LPs, including André 3000’s cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” previously unreleased Smiths recordings and posthumous releases from David Bowie and Prince.