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Lower Dens – Nootropics

Jana Hunter is a busy woman. When she isn’t hanging out with freakfolker Devendra Banhart or releasing music under her own name, she’s working with the likes of Indian Jewelry, Phosphorescent and CocoRosie. And then she added Lower Dens to the list in 2009. Their debut “Twin Hand Movement” got a good response, they got signed to Domino and are now back with an ambitious sophomoric release called “Nootropics”.

Expect to hear a bunch of dreampop/shoegaze songs in which tension is continually being built without ever erupting. Fans of Mazzy Star or Beach House should be able to appreciate “Nootropics” well enough because Lower Dens do a good job. The problem is however that I happen to like eruptions. And all the fancy effects, krautrock synths and androgynous vocals in the world can’t make this batch of tunes more interesting.
Score: 5.5 out of 10

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