We love THE WAR ON DRUGS. The Philadelphia-based six-piece, led by frontman Adam Granduciel, has been on the Laneway wish list since the release of their debut album, Slave Ambient, back in 2011. Written and recorded following extensive touring and a period of loneliness and depression for primary songwriter Granduciel, the band’s landmark album, Lost in the Dream (2014), was released to widespread critical acclaim and only renewed our eagerness. The War On Drugs released their fourth record, A Deeper Understanding in August, and it’s a bona fide masterpiece – one that is sure to top this year’s Best Of lists and go down in history as the most important rock record of recent times. The album is a fully immersive experience from start to finish, layering chugging guitars, synthetic strings, vintage keyboard sounds and impressionistic lyrics delivered in Granduciel’s gravelly voice.