Lower Dens hooked me as soon as I caught wind of their 2010 debut Twin-Hand Movement, an album with little to no embellishments in studio trickery.  There was a straightforward simplicity in Jana Hunter’s voice that resonated as deep as any effects-laden guitar could.  It was no surprise when they opened for Beach House and Yo La Tengo, both groups that surf neigboring waves of harmony-driven indie rock.

Escape from Evil seems to be heading down a more produced lane, but their music is still very much intact with their original vision.  Those sandy beach guitar tones just splash out of the speakers on newest track To Die in L.A., and the staccato synth jabs add a unique element that may pleasantly surprise the fans of their earlier, more spacious work.  If you enjoyed Frankie Rose’s debut and love Beach House’s sun-kissed sonnets, then Lower Dens’ new joint should be in your collection.  Ribbon Music is a fantastic label and have released albums from John Maus, Laura Marling and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen…it’s safe to say that they know good art when they hear it.

The Details

Limited edition LP version of the album on 150gram deep purple vinyl.
Includes exclusive 12”x24” fold-out insert.
Limited to 500.
Comes with mp3 download card.

Price $18

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