by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains"
Lower Dens' terrific second album, Nootropics, is out today on Domino subsidiary Ribbon Music, and they just announced a tour with No Joy that wraps up at Bowery Ballroom on July 19. Tickets go on sale for the Bowery show on Friday (May 4) at Noon and the Amex pre-sale starts tomorrow (May 2) at noon. Meanwhile, Lower Dens played the Insound offices last night for people who pre-bought Nootropics and play sold out shows tonight (5/1) at Mercury Lounge and Wednesday (5/2) at Glasslands.
Nootropics is new musical territory for Jana Hunter and crew, with a much spacier sound than their debut, Twin Hand Movment, and is a little closer in sound to their Baltimore neighbors Beach House. (I might argue that Nootropics out-Beach Houses the new Beach House album, Bloom, but that's just me.) Pitchfork gave it a 8.2 today, but not Best New Music. You can download the motorik-driven first single "Brains" at the top of this post and stream the album on Spotify. They also just released a video for new single "Propogation" full of spooky, glowing beekeepers. Spooky beekeeper music actually isn't a bad description of Nootropics, either.
Click through for the "Propogation" video and all Lower Dens tour dates...
Lower Dens - "Propogation"
Lower Dens - 2012 Tour Dates
05-01 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge ^ [SOLD OUT]
05-02 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands + [SOLD OUT]
05-03 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's $
05-04 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel $
05-05 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar %
06-21 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade #
06-22 Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
06-23 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks #
06-24 Dallas, TX - Club Dada #
06-25 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's #
06-26 Austin, TX - The Parish #
06-28 Phoenix, AZ - Sail Inn #
06-29 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room #
06-30 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #
07-01 San Francisco, CA - The Independent #
07-05 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
07-06 Seattle, WA - Neumos #
07-07 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club #
07-10 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge #
07-11 Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon #
07-12 St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Center for the Arts #
07-13 Chicago, IL- Pitchfork Music Festival
07-15 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07-16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick #
07-17 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace #
07-18 Montreal, QC - Ill Motore
07-19 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
^ w/ Matteah Baim
+ w/ Air Waves, Twisted Wires
$ w/ Violens
% w/ Celebration, Violens, Sprayer
# w/ No Joy, Alan Resnick