American indie rockers The War on Drugs set out to remain busy for over two years in support of their previous releases; the extremely successful albums Slave Ambient and Wagonwheel. The albums did a great job exposing the band's indie rock aesthetics and their fondness for 80's new wave and lo-fi gems to an international audience. Lost in The Dream deepens the formula even further, blinking an eye to 80's mainstream pop rockers the likes of Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen or The Cure.
Opening track “Under The Pressure” is an up-tempo number with a steady beat and some lush landscapes. Guitars are drenched in chorus and reverb, the snare is fat and roomy and the synths create cinematic and haunting landscapes to fill in the gaps. This description could easily describe most of the album -- there isn’t a lot of variety on this record, but on the other hand, the flow is pleasant and organic. It’s chock full of songs that feel like a long car trip in the middle of the night, when the driver is headed nowhere, but keeps on driving for the sake of enjoying the music to the landscape rolling by.
The group, led by Adam Granduciel set out to create a steady and straight-forward indie pop album, alternating pop songs with a timeless charm to vast space age drones and beautiful sonic accidents. This music could feel at home within the soundtrack of movies such as Donnie Darko: the production is slightly more focused and crisp when compared to the band's previous releases, making for a brighter and more uplifting sound.