Lower Dens - "Brains"

Jana Hunter’s has longtime admirers here, since back in her pizza-slinging days. I didn’t even realize she had a new band until hearing (not seeing, mind) Lower Dens open for Double Dagger and Future Islands in a very crowded Death By Audio last May; the next day this project was a Band To Watch, and over the ensuing months Lower Dens would reveal, and revel, in their stately, smokey twin-guitared Twin-Hand Movement LP on Devendra and Andy Cabric’s Gnomonsong.

For Lower Dens era-2012, the Baltimore-based quartet has left that freak-folk outpost for the Domino-affiliated label Ribbon Music, which you may remember from recent conquests like John Maus, Black Dice, or our CMJ Party. The band has also moved from man-of-the-moment producer/mixer Chris Coady, who brought a Baltimorean Beach Housed dreamy smoulder to bear on Twin-Hand, to producer Drew Brown, whose engineering credits include Radiohead, Sandro Perri, Beck, and Blonde Redhead). And so the shoegaze-inspired dreaminess lives on, but there’s a newer German accent at play, at least here on Lower Dens’ new single “Brains,” which chugs along with the specter of motorik, and anxious synths that cut through the lude-dosed guitars. It’s a great twist, and a great track, so please download it:

(via lowerdens.com)

Lower Dens’ second LP Nootropics is out 5/1 via Ribbon Music.

Comments (8)
  1. real good

  2. ddogdunit  |   Posted on Jan 17th, 2012 0

    why, for every 10 LDR posts ‘gum has, is there ONE post about a BAND making genuine MUSIC like lower dens? amen for writing about good music for a change. i don’t care about LDR on SNL i care about music! FREEDOMM!!!

  3. Now, THIS was music! That’s the kind of stuff I want to be seeing here.

  4. This shit is golden.

  5. Indeed a great track. Reminds me of Stereolab’s golden days.

  6. The subtle build-up and harmony in the middle portion of the song are beautiful. Great stuff.

  7. Loved Twin Hand Movement. Very exciting to hear new awesome music by Lower Dens.

  8. Nice to here something neu from Lower Dens.

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