Music Review | posted 01.06.2012
Lower Dens
Nootropics
Ribbon Music, 2012
Text Pippo Kuhzart , Translation Anja Vatter
Your Rating:
10.0
User (1)
8.0
Editorial
Cover Lower Dens - Nootropics

This album creates its own world and at the same time makes one forget that there is a world at all. Lower Dens’ album »Twin-Hand Movement«, released in 2010, was one of these soundtracks for cosy winter days in with your girl- or boyfriend. It gently played along the playlists with The xx or Beach House. Their new album is more demanding. Nothing is lost that way, the quartet around Jana Hunter rather gains diversity with it. The dreamy guitar pop on the first record is powered by striking synths (inspired by Kraftwerk) and Kraut-Rock-Elements. The first album allowed us to get lost in a romantic bubble with afternoon-TV, power naps and snuggle orgies with coffee breaks; »Nooptropics« makes the bubble burst every once in a while. The album takes the listener out of the urban misery of Baltimore, out onto the dirt tracks of Maryland; lit up by a shaky spotlight only, they lift the listener onto the abstract. The more consciously you listen to the album, the less concrete are the images it is depicting. The sound also goes back and forth: On one hand it is edgy – you can almost see how the drum-stick pinches the tensly tightened membrane. On the other hand, endless synths and guitar spaces unclearly waft and lay themselves over the musical landscape. It’s the same story with the vocals: Once, Hunter sings high-pitched and concisely – street signs shoo past – and then, she changes to aspirating one smokey, dark tone until time seems gone.

Lower Den’s album »Nootropics« can be found on hhv.de:2LP
Your Comment
Related Articles
Music Review | posted 15.11.2011
Real Estate
Days
One of the indie-highlights of the year? Real Estate are just drifting along and naturally carry us with them.
Music Review | posted 06.01.2012
Peaking Lights
936
Having already been released in the U.S. the spring of 2011, one of last year’s top-notch records is finally arriving in Europe.
Music Review | posted 13.06.2012
The Magnetic Fields
Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
Stephen Merrit returns to the roots of his Magnetic Fields with »Love At The Bottom Of The Sea«
Music Review | posted 16.07.2012
Hot Chip
In Our Heads
The record’s predecessors have created high expectations, which »In Our Heads« cannot fulfill.
Music Review | posted 27.07.2012
Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan
With »Swing Lo Magellan«, David Longstreth and his Dirty Projectors are going for a new kind of comprehensibility.
Music Review | posted 31.08.2012
Animal Collective
Centipede Hz
Animal Collective can’t really do mediocre records. At least that seemed to be the case until »Centipede Hz«.
Music Review | posted 24.06.2013
Austra
Olympia
If Marina & The Diamonds were to absorb Florence Welsh, it could very well create Austra’s second record.
Music Review | posted 05.09.2013
Arctic Monkeys
AM
The Arctic Monkeys have matured. There’s no more in-your-face on »AM«, but instead a relaxed groove.
Music Review
Ziad Rahbani
Bennesbeh Labokra… Chou?
With the reissue to »Bennesbeh Labokra… Chou?« the French label WeWantSounds expands the view on the work of the Lebanese musician Ziad Rahbani.
Music Review
Electric Party
Play
With »Play« the label Knekelhuis releases nine tracks from the eighties of the Dutch band Electric Party.
Music Review
Niklas Wandt
Balearische Bibliothek
With »Balearische Bibliothek« Niklas Wandt once again creates music in which nature and civilization meet on equal ground.
Music Review
Kohsuke Mine
First
»First«, the 1970 debut by Kohsuke Mine and his quartet, has now been reissued for the first time in BBE Records’ J Jazz Masterclass Series.
Music Review
Vinicio Adames
Al Comienzo Del Camino
After 35 years, »Al Comienzo Del Camino« by Venezuelan electronic pioneer Vinicio Adames has been reissued.
Music Review
Joseph Shabason
The Fellowship
That would be Fifth World: Canadian trumpeter Joseph Shabason presents his new album »The Fellowship«.
Music Review
Ssiege
Meteora
Nobody knows exactly who is behind Ssiege. One thing is clear: five new tracks have now been released on Knekelhuis under the title »Meteora«.
Music Review
José Carlos Schwarz & Le Cobiana Djazz
Lua Ki Di Nos
With »Lua Ki Di Nos,« the Hot Mule label rewardingly unravels the life of poet, musician and resistance fighter José Carlos Schwarz.
Music Review
Andy Stott
Never The Right Time
Zack. Without much notice, the Mancurian Andy Stott has released his new album »Never The Right Time«.
Music Review
Francisco Mora Catlett
Mora! I
»Mora! I«, the 1986 debut of American drummer and percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett has been reissued via Far Out Recordings.
Music Review
Francisco Mora Catlett
Mora! II
Even more mysterious than the first one, is this long-lost sequel. Now, »Mora! II« by Francisco Mora Catlett has been reissued.
Music Review
Mori-Ra
Japanese Breeze
»Japanese Breeze« condenses 12 tracks from Mori-Ra’s mix series of the same name.
Music Review
Hudson Mohawke
Hudson's Heeters Vol.1
Hudson Mohawke’s legendary demo tape »Hudson Heeters Vol.1« was released on vinyl for the first time.
Music Review
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END
»G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END« is the seventh album from the Canadians of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and their best in a long time.
Music Review
Robbie Basho
The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12
Robbie Basho is considered a pioneer of the steel guitar. Now the great »The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12« from 1976 has been reissued.
Music Review
Rogér Fakhr
Fine Anyway
With »Fine Away«, the Habibi Funk label has compiled and reissued songs by Lebanese songwriter Rogér Fakhr.
Music Review
Tomaga
Intimate Immensity
Tomaga have now released their latest album. »Intimate Immensity« is the conclusion and the highlight of this great London duo.
Music Review
Niko Tzoukmanis
Hope Is The Sister Of Despair
First released in 2013, »Hope Is The Sister Of Despair« by Niko Tzoukmanis has now been reissued in an slightly expanded version on Libreville.
Music Review
Robert Cotter
Missing You
»Missing You,« released in 1976 and recorded by Robert Cotter with musicians from Chic, has been reissued on WeWantSounds now.
Music Review
Gary Bartz, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jazz Is Dead 006
This time, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have brought California saxophonist Gary Bartz on stage for their »Jazz Is Dead« series.
Music Review
Steve O'Sullivan
Green Trax
A highly informative odyssey into techno history: »Green Trax« collects gems by British producer Steve O’Sullivan.
Music Review
Selda Bağcan
Selda
The 1973 album »Selda« by Selda Bağcan is one of the best testimonies of Turkish music. Now it has been reissued.
Music Review
Nils Frahm
Graz
With a delay of almost 12 years, Nils Frahm’s debut album, recorded in »Graz«, is now released for the first time.
Music Review
Irena & Vojtěch Havlovi
Melodies In The Sand
»Melodies In The Sand« brings together music from three decades by the Czech musical couple Irena and Vojtěch Havlovi.
Music Review
Moor Mother & billy woods
BRASS
Moor Mother & billy woods… and a good dozen more: Camae Ayewa dominates the joint album »BRASS«, but other studio guests also get to have their say.
Music Review
Various Artists
Silk Road Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982)
Darone Sassounian has compiled seven tunes for the compilation »Silk Road Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982)« on Terrestrial Funk.
Music Review
Prequel
Love (I Heard You Like Heartbreak)
»Love (I Heard You Like Heartbreak)« is Prequel’s debut LP on Rhythm Section International seven years after his first EP.
Music Review
Irakli
Major Signals
After a series of EPs, Berlin producer Irakli releases his debut album on »Major Signals« on Dial. The mood is subdued, the multi-layered sound progressive.
Music Review
Lana Del Rey
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
With “Chemtrails Over The Country Club”, Lana Del Rey continues to spin her great capitalism-cinema pop art.
Music Review
Nico Mecca
Floppy Computer
Somewhere between Kraftwerk Autobahn and Mort Garson’s greenhouse: Periodica Records releases »Floppy Computer« by Nico Mecca.
Books Review
Marie Staggat & Timo Stein
HUSH - Berlin Club Culture In A Time Of Silence
In »HUSH – Berlin Club Culture In A Time Of Silence«, photographer Marie Staggat and journalist Timo Stein capture the ongoing state of emergency of an entire culture.
Music Review
Panoptique
How Did You Find Me?
This music screams for contact: Panoptique have released their new album »How Did You Find Me?« on Macadam Mambo.
Music Review
Reymour
Leviosa
Swiss synthpop duo Reymour release their debut album »Leviosa« on Knekelhuis.
Music Review
Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors
Selected Works (1985-2005)
»Selected Works (1985-2005)« brings together eleven tracks by American dancer and shamanist Gabrielle Roth on one record.
Music Review
Maulawi
Maulawi
Recorded in 1973, never released because Strata Records went bankrupt shortly before. Now »Maulawi« by Maulawi Nururdin has been released for the first time.
Music Review
Various Artists
La Ola Interior
»La Ola Interior« is particularly well suited as a contemporary document that captures the mood of creative niche music in post-Franquist Spain.
Music Review
Dax Pierson
Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Disappointment)
Friends of the Anticon. label are certainly still familiar with Dax Pierson. Now he is releasing his solo debut »Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Disappointment)«.
Music Review
Mandala
Mandala
Beautifully confused: Mad About reissues the only album by Brazilian jazzers Mandala from 1976.
Music Review
Zopelar
Universo
Synthesizer jazz, hip hop breaks, Brazilian touch: Zopelar is back with »Universo«, a new release on Apron.
Music Review
Merope
Salos
Folk, ambient, choral songs: the Belgian-Lithuanian project Merope keeps moving between these poles with its album “Salos” for STROOM and thus avoids all the blunders.
Music Review
Eiko Ishibashi
Hyakki Yagyō
On her first solo studio album in two years, »Hyakki Yagyō«, Eiko Ishibashi brings wonderfully wondrous sounds into flowing movements on two sound collages.