"For any band, Nootropics would be considered a triumph of a record. For Lower Dens though, this record is a declaration of intent. I won’t go so far as to suggest that this is their Murmur, their Funeral, their OK Computer, but damned if it isn’t a giant step towards that end..."
If you look up the term “Nootropics”, you’ll find that the term refers to a class of pharmaceuticals often known as “smart drugs.” The goal of these substances is to enhance things like cognition, memory, and even intelligence. And while the efficacy of these drugs has yet to be determined in any good measure, it’s safe to say that the effectiveness of Lower Dens latest album by the same works in equal measure to both challenge and delight.
Sounds like: Joy Division, The National, Dundalk
Why you should care: Hometeam, yo!
In 2010 Lower Dens put out one of the more criminally underated albums of the year. Heavily referencing the murky, synth driven sounds of 80's bands Joy Division and Depeche Mode, Twin-Hand Movement proved that not only was that particular style of music not dead, but that it's future was being rewritten and reimagined in the recent hotbead of musical innovation that is Baltimore, MD.