Why aren't you listening to The War On Drugs right now?

Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs Claire Fishkow

Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs
Claire Fishkow

(CBS) It's fitting that the word "ambient" is in the title of the latest The War On Drugs album. The tracks on "Slave Ambient" have layers and layers of keyboards and guitars that surround the listener. There's also enough going on with the percussion to keep things moving.

(Listen to The War On Drugs' "Come to the City" below.)

The War On Drugs' "Slave Ambient" feels a lot like the late 1980s duo David & David and David Baerwald's solo work - with different subject matter - right down to the way the pleasantly weary vocals cut through the mix. There's also a Daniel Lanois-esque feel to the production (read: lots of reverb).

The Philadelphia-based The War on Drugs is a vehicle for Adam Granduciel, the band's frontman and guitarist. He's helped out on here by multi-instrumentalists Robbie Bennett and Dave Hartley, and drummer Mike Zanghi. "Slave Ambient" is The War On Drugs' second full-length. It was released in August 2011.

Click here to listen to/download "Come to the City."

The band is currently touring Europe but returns to the United States in October for a series of dates.

Oct. 11 - Raleigh, N.C., Kings Baracade
Oct. 12 - Asheville, N.C., Grey Eagle
Oct. 13 - Atlanta, The EARL
Oct. 14 - Pensacola, Fla., De Luna Festival
Oct. 17 - Dallas, Bryant Street Tavern
Oct. 18 - Austin, Texas, Emo's
Oct. 20 - Tucson, Ariz., Plush
Oct. 21 - San Diego, Soda Bar
Oct. 22 - Los Angeles, Satellite
Oct. 23 - San Francisco, The Independent
Oct. 25 - Portland, Ore., Bunk Bar
Oct. 26 - Seattle, Tractor Tavern
Oct. 27 - Spokane, Wash., A Club
Oct. 28 - Nampa, Idaho, Flying M
Oct. 29 - Salt Lake City, Kilby Court
Oct. 30 - Denver, Hi-Dive
Nov. 1 - Lawrence, Kan., Jackpot
Nov. 2 - Columbia, Mo., Mojo's
Nov. 3 - Bloomington, Ind., The Bishop
Nov. 4 - Cincinnati, Mayday Northside
Nov. 5 - Cleveland, Beachland Tavern
Nov. 6 - Baltimore, Talking Head at Sonar

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