Lower Dens - The Competition
The Competition
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matteo
79
Lower Dens is an underrated band from the same Baltimore scene that produced Beach House, Future Islands, and Wye Oak. And honestly, imagining a combination of those three bands doesn’t leave you all that far from Lower Dens’ sound. It’s dreamy and mysterious pop rock propelled by shimmery guitar lines and Jana Hunter’s husky, androgynous vocals. Fortunately Lower Dens are like their Baltimore peers in that they also know how to cut through the fog with an anthemic ... read more
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Lower Dens on “The Competition” may have a sleek new sound and more of a love of 80’s Synths than ever, as well as a few really great ideas. But between heartless ballads and trying to do so much with so little, I end up pining for the old days of this band.

Give A Listen To: "Galapagos", "Two Faced Love", "I Drive", "Simple Life”

Least Favorite Track: "In Your House"

Genre: Synth Pop
cfreemon
82
Lower Dens have slowly been embracing more of a pop influence over their past few albums, and now it's paid off in full on The Competition. The beats are a lot of fun on the surface, adding glitzier synths and more upbeat rhythms on the whole. This change to a more exciting sound could've resulted in vapid songs with no replayability, but Jana Hunter's writing and singing still have that knack for meditation that made earlier Lower Dens songs memorable. Jana seems more free here than they've ... read more
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