The Baltimore rock quartet Lower Dens uses a palette of dense synth, motorik beats and atmospherics to create the brooding, shoegaze-prog rock on its new album, Nootropics, which will be released on Tuesday night.
The followup to the group’s 2010 debut, Twin-Hand Movement, gets its name from "mind-bending" memory- and intelligence-enhancing drugs. The music has an entrancing, liminal-crossing feeling that’s guided by the malleable, assured voice of frontwoman Jana Hunter.
Lower Dens celebrates the album release with a show at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday night. Ahead of the gig, download the record's lead single, “Brains,” and watch the music video for the song below.