War on Drugs mainman Adam Granduciel was not in a good place when he began writing the songs for Lost in the Dream. His previous relationship had broken down and he found himself dealing with depression, anxiety and a sense of alienation. Granduciel pulled his feelings into the songs he wrote for the record. "It was a really difficult record to make," he told The Sun. "Once I finished it, I felt nothing but relief. The recording was a manifestation of a lot of different emotions. Even with whatever success the record's had, it's not as it that time in my life is fully behind me. I'm just fortunate I have something to remind me of that time."