Today on Ecléctico you're listening to The War On Drugs, a rock band from Philadelphia, joined on this new tune by the two singers from the band Lucius to offer up the best '80s classic rock song of 2021. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Ryan Dombal on Pitchfork.
"I Don't Live Here Anymore" by The War On Drugs (featuring Lucius)
2021 | Rock band from Philadelphia
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Everything about the title track to the War on Drugs’ upcoming fifth album is gloriously unsubtle, including its opening lines. “I was lying in my bed/A creature void of form,” sings bandleader Adam Granduciel, nodding to Dylan. “Been so afraid of everything/I need a chance to be reborn.” And honestly, who doesn’t feel like that right now? Cue the synths reminiscent of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” the drums sparkling enough to make ’80s stadium-rock guru Mutt Lange bow down in appreciation, and the gospel-tinged backing vocals that urge you to believe in something beyond yourself. Granduciel has been meticulously mining classic rock sounds for more than a decade, but never quite like this; his Springsteen fandom is well-documented (his young son is named Bruce) but he’s never made a song as welcoming as “Hungry Heart” until now.
“I Don’t Live Here Anymore” celebrates getting to the point in life when you’re no longer drowning in waves of old memories but surfing atop them. The title is not a lament but a point of pride.
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