Lower Dens will release a new album, Nootropics, on April 30th (May 1st in the U.S.). Their previous album, 2010’s excellent Twin-Hand Movement, was brimming with nocturnal atmospheres, rhythmic ambiance, and lulled guitars — perfect for autumn, I thought at the time. Winter is just as applicable for front-woman Jana Hunter’s sound though. Her infusion of dream-pop, shoegaze, and alt-rock is subdued and moody, but a hook-laden explosions of distortion are hardly to be overlooked. It’s just one reason why she is rapidly becoming known as much more than a Devendra Banhart collaborator.
The album’s first single, “Brains”, is available for streaming above. It will be released as a 10″ on March 27th with album track “Propagation” and b-side “Hours”.