I Don’t Live Here Anymore (2021) – The War on Drugs

Find out by watching the video below why Jeff (Eclectic Music Lover) said ‘The War on Drugs are one of the greatest bands around today. I love their dreamy, expansive sound, and their intelligent songwriting and intricate guitar work are always exceptional‘. I just love this video which contain some of their songs from their latest album I Don’t Live Here Anymore. Today’s title track is the first song on the video below. A special shout-out also to the final song ‘Change‘ which starts at 17:22 in the performance below.

Maia Stern, the video productor at NPR Music wrote on November 1, 2021:
In their Tiny Desk (home) concert, The War On Drugs gather in their packed studio in Burbank, CA to let us in on the fun and intricate inner workings of their craft. After opening the show with “I Don’t Live Here Anymore,” which shares the same title as their new album, frontman Adam Granduciel introduces the band and asks if anybody has a capo. Suddenly a very thoughtfully crafted tiny desk with drumsticks for legs (and topped with a tiny lamp too!) slowly lowers down into the space, delivering said capo. Granduciel smiles, and the group continues with three more tracks from the new record: “I Don’t Wanna Wait,” “Old Skin,” and “Change.”

When I think about the old days, babe
You’re always on my mind
I know it ain’t like I remember
I guess my memories run wild
Like when we went to see Bob Dylan
We danced to “Desolation Row
But I don’t live here anymore
But I got no place to go

Beating like a heart
I’m gonna walk through every doorway, I can’t stop
I need some time, I need control, I need your love
I wanna find out everything I need to know

I Don’t Live Here Anymore is the fifth studio album by American indie rock band The War on Drugs. The songs were all reimagined, rewritten and/or remixed multiple times over the course of the album’s three-year recording process. I Don’t Live Here Anymore received acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic the album received an average score of 85, based on 25 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.

I opened this post with Jeff’s quote about The War on Drugs and I’m going to let him close it out:

‘The War on Drugs are without question one of the finest bands making music today. I first learned about them at the end of 2014 when I saw this album on every year-end list, and their song “Red Eyes” on multiple best songs of 2014 lists. I was instantly blown away by their gorgeous music, and have been a big fan ever since. I think my favorite song of theirs is “Pain” from ‘A Deeper Understanding. I get a big lump in my throat every time I hear it, awestruck that someone is capable of writing such stunning and impactful music.’

Reference:
1. I Don’t Live Here Anymore – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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6 comments on “I Don’t Live Here Anymore (2021) – The War on Drugs
  1. Daedalus Lex says:

    Nice sound. Those tiny desk concerts are always great!

    • I don’t think I’m familiar with other tiny desk concerts, but it looks like a sweet set-up. That’s what impressed me with this performance was the crispness and nuance of the sound. I much prefer their performance of ‘I don’t live here anymore’ here than the official released version which I thought sounded too heavy (Overproduced).
      Yesterday, Jeff put me onto another one of theirs called ‘Pain’. That blew my mind. I’ll be listening to that again and again today.
      Hey, thanks for commenting.

  2. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Sounds really good Matt. I remember them on Jeff’s site. They have a timeless sound about them.

  3. Thanks for the mention and quoting of my pithy words Matt. I’m deeply flattered.

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