Lower Dens - Nootropics

On their very strong sophomore album Nootropics, my toddler daugher’s favorite album of all time, the gooily expansive Baltimore guitar band Lower Dens expands its pallet with motorik beats and snatches of synthpop melody. We’ve posted the early tracks “Brains,” “Propagation,” and “Lamb,” and we’ve also run a Progress Report interview with bandleader Jana Hunter. Now, the entire album is streaming at NPR. Listen to it here.

Comments (8)
  1. I don’t get this band.

    • They make good music.

      • If i was going to recommend this CD to a friend, I would say that Lower Dens sound as though Victoria Legrand’s twin sister helped create an album that touches on the influence of Krautrock and Kraftwerk. Then, I would hope that my friend didn’t find my explanation pretentious or eye-roll worthy, decided to check out the music, and loved it as much as I do.

        To my ears, I hear a darker Beach House whose sound is more dominated by guitars than keyboards. This opinion is probably swayed by the fact that both bands reside in Baltimore, both lead singers have worked together on stage and in studio, and both bands sound extremely sexy.

        While I hate comparing bands, because it makes everything sound derivative, it is the way that my friends and I share music in order to have points of reference. I wish that I could just say they make good music and leave it at that.

    • what dont you get about them? ( an honest question really)

      • I get them, I just can’t seem to get into them. The above description of a Krautrock Beach House is a good one, as the newer material reminds me a lot of Disappears’ recent stuff. Throw in a smattering of National-like instrumentation — I don’t know, it just doesn’t grab me when it’s all thrown together like that. I liked Twin-Hand Movement because it leered toward poppier cold wave confections.

        • I never really thought about the Disappears comparison before. But now you just make me want to listen to them again which is never a bad thing.

  2. I like this album more than tom’s daughter does.

  3. loving the new album!

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