If you’re a friend of Playtonic Ds or a real life friend of mine, you’ll know that since your humble fabulist caught wind of the War On Drugs’ 2010 release last November, (the very LP-like Future Weather EP) the band has been in constant roto here at headquarters.
This year the War On Drugs released its first LP since slimming down from four to three members back in ’08. Slave Ambient created quite the well-deserved buzz for Adam Grancuciel and company. Now the boys are rereleasing it on cassette with a whole side of unheard tracks that, according to the Decibel Tolls, showcase the War On Drugs at their most intimate and texturally experimental. “Snake Tongues” surely fits that description. Its sonic trajectory over six-odd minutes favors a psychedelic repetition of chords and analog washes over verses and bridges, lending “Snake Tongues” an almost OST sound. Despite its length and lack of almost anything resembling catchiness, “Snake Tongues” manages to pack a aural punch – I’d call it an earworm, but telling someone that you have this song stuck in your head seems slightly ridiculous.
For this video edit I used footage from the 1942 allied campaign in North Africa to capture Tunis from the Nazis. Almost inexplicably, this sixty-eight year old film was made on brilliant, color Kodachrome 32mm film. I thought the blurry color would evoke a kind of ephemeral feeling to match the psych noodling of the song. Featuring Luftwaffe sorties and a successful allied offensive against a Nazi Panzer division. War On Drugs + real War!!!