Lowers Dens aren't exactly newcomers to the Baltimore music scene. Their debut album Twin-Hand Movement in 2010 already had them mashing shoegaze and hints of psychedelia with Jana Hunter's ethereal vocals. Twin-Hand Movement didn't prove to be the breakout album the band needed but it did hint at the Charm City group's potential. It was Hunter finding a new music outlet after bouncing from project to project for the better part of the last decade, and it was the sound of a new band finding its footing--there was also those songs named A Dog's Dick and Two Cocks. While the song titles on Nootropics are a bit more subdued, this sophomore album (pronounced: no-eh-tropics) is the realization of that potential laid out two years ago.
As the opener Alphabet Song unfolds, one thing becomes apparent with Lower Dens' music: nothing is rushed. …