Nootropics is Lower Dens‘ new album and one spin will set you on a direct course to come see their set at Forecastle on Sunday. There are Pitchfork darlings (also playing Pitchfork’s Music Festival), but this one is well deserved. Lower Dens was a perfect addition to the Forecastle line-up. Listen to a few tracks below…
About Lower Dens (via AllMusic):
Based out of Baltimore, MD, Lower Dens is one of many side projects from singer/songwriter Jana Hunter. Hunter is also joined by guitarist Will Adams, bassist Geoff Graham, and drummer Abram Sanders. Together, the freak folk quartet has a sound that is psychedelic and murky, embodying the experimental nature of the Baltimore music scene with songs that are equal parts reverb-drenched folk and swirling ambience. After playing a string of house shows, Lower Dens went into the studio to record their first album with Chris Freeland (of Oxes fame). In 2010, the band released its full-length debut, Twin-Hand Movement, on Devendra Banhart‘s Gnomonsong label. In the months that followed the group would refine their sound through touring and experimentation. Sanders stepped down as drummer in 2011, replaced by Nate Nelson. The band was also filled out with additional guitarist/keyboardist Carter Tanton. This expanded version of the band returned in 2012 with sophomore album Nootropics.