As we’ve all heard, it takes strength to be gentle. It’s not right to confuse softness with weakness. With that in mind, then, The War on Drugs’ ‘Strangest Thing’ is bloody powerful indeed.
‘Strangest Thing’ is a shimmering heat-wave of a song, full of dreamy synths and held together by the steady beat of a snare drum. Riding on top of that is Adam Granduciel’s tender vocal, as he sings about purgatory and a purple sky. That quietly defiant hope is hard to ignore.
‘Strangest Thing’’s beauty is thrown into sharp relief by the crystalline guitar solo that appears from nowhere and casts ight into every corner. This is the moment when Adam Granduciel’s flair for blending melancholy lyrics and bright soundscapes truly comes into its own. There’s a light flickering in the darkness, after all. Liam Konemann