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Just a month after The War On Drugs' A Deeper Understanding received the 2018 Grammy for Best Rock Album, the core of Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, and multi-instrumentalist Anthony LaMarca retreated to upstate New York to jam and cut new demos, working outside of the predetermined roles each member plays in the live setting. These sessions proved highly productive, turning out early versions of some of the most immediate songs on I Don't Live Here Anymore. It was the start of a dozen-plus session odyssey that spanned three years and seven studios, including some of rock's greatest sonic workshops like Electric Lady in New York and Los Angeles' Sound City. Band leader Adam Granduciel and trusted co-producer/engineer Shawn Everett spent untold hours peeling back every piece of these songs and rebuilding them.
One of the most memorable sessions occurred in May 2019 at Electro-Vox, in which the band's entire line-up - rounded out by keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, and saxophonist Jon Natchez - convened to record the affecting album opener "Living Proof." Typically, Granduciel assembles The War On Drugs records from reams of overdubs, like a kind of rock 'n' roll jigsaw puzzle. But for "Living Proof," the track came together in real time, as the musicians drew on their chemistry as a live unit to summon some extemporaneous magic. The immediacy of the performance was appropriate for one of the most personal songs Granduciel has ever written.
Living Proof 4:54
Harmonia's Dream 6:26
I Don't Wanna Wait 5:13
I Don't Leave Here Anymore 5:28
Old Skin 4:52
Rings Around My Father's Eyes 4:18
Occasional Rain 4:54