The August selection for our Record of the Month Club is the excellent new record from The War on Drugs. We were given a taste of this new record back on Record Store Day with a limited, 12″ single release, and man, it blew us away…epic rock! The last record from The War on Drugs–Lost in the Dream from 2014–was our favorite record of the year, so we’ve got high expectations for the new record, and it delivers!

Record of the Month Club members will get a copy of the album pressed on limited, coke-bottle colored vinyl. This version is only available at independent record shops. Members will also get a little something extra…so stay tuned The record drops on August 25th, so it’ll ship out around then.

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From SPIN magazine (full article):

“A Deeper Understanding,the fourth album from Phillys beloved War on Drugs, arrives August 25. The timing is perfect.This is when summer begins its slowdissolve. Youve still got a solid month of beach weather left, but youre already preoccupied with everything you have or havent managed to do in the days that are already used up. You convince yourself that youre actually going tomissthe humidity and grit of the season, and the air takes on a glow thats all the more appealingfor the knowledge that it will expire soon. This kind of nostalgia for the present is the War on Drugs specialty, and on the secondDeeper Understandingsingle Strangest Thing, theyre serving it up in fine form.”

From Pitchfork (full article):

“While Thinking of a Placeour first taste from the bands upcoming album, A Deeper Understandingspent its 11-plus minutes patiently building toward a zen denouement, Holding On is decidedly action-packed. Buoyed by Meg Duffys winding slide guitar and a bouncing synth line, it shifts from hook to hookdazzling with its intricacy or washing over you with its smoothness, depending on how closely youre listening. It ends with a glimmering descending melody and pitch-shifted vocal motif, maybe the first moment in a War on Drugs song that could be described as whimsical. It still sounds like the past, but it feels like moving on.”