LOWER DENS

 

photo credit : shawn brackbill


Baltimore’s Lower Dens released their third album, 'Escape from Evil' in March 2014 on Ribbon Music Records and Publishing (administered by Domino Publishing)


On 'Escape From Evil', Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter emerges: cerebral and hot-blooded, rash and incorruptible, and, crucially, possessing of a loud, clear voice. The album sees Hunter stepping up and taking center stage, and emboldening every aspect of the band.
 
'Escape From Evil' is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, “To Die in L.A.”, almost theatrical.
 
Lower Dens’ 2010 debut, 'Twin-Hand Movement', was a stunning evolution of guitar brilliance and murky emotiveness, while its 2012 follow-up, 'Nootropics' was a stark, textured paean to experimental bands of the krautrock era. 'Escape From Evil' marks a bold, monumental step forward for the band and the welcome manifestation of a singer we’ve never quite seen until now.