FIRST LISTEN: Lower Dens – Escape from Evil
I’ve been following Baltimore band Lower Dens since their 2010 debut Twin-Hand Movement, which was quite a dark and obscure affair. Their third record Escape from Evil has evolved from that place into almost pop territory: many tracks, like lead single To Die in L.A add bright synth lines and guitar melodies. That balances well with Jana Hunter’s voice, which still has that haunting quality.
While the whole album is a good listen, I find Escape strongest in the end: I love the synth in Company and Société Anonyme uses the Warpaint-like kind of guitar line I can’t get enough of.
Escape from Evil is out now on Ribbon Music.