Transhumanism: a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology. When applied to music, you get the indie-dance-electro creation that is Lower Dens. Created by Texas-born Golden Apple, R.E.M. coverer, and ex-pizza shop employee, Jana Hunter, the Baltimore band is currently touring throughout the US and through parts of Europe.
Hunter is known for being the first person to release a record on Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic’s Gnomonsong via 2005′s Blank Unstaring Heirs Of Doom, followed by 2007′s There’s No Home and Carrion EP on the same label. Sticking to the DevBan path, Lower Dens have a 7″ single and a full-length Twin-Hand Movement forthcoming on Gnomonsong. That being said, Lower Dens is much more than simply Hunter under another name.
Their most recent album’s title, Nootropics, refers to a type of drug used to enhance memory and other cognitive functions. And the group does not disappoint. Hunter’s interest in transhumanism fills the album’s luminous but dark melodies that synthesize human and keyboard.
In 2012 the band embarked on a grueling 200-show tour spanning 12 months, which will take them from the East Coast to the Southwest and up the West Coast, with a couple stops in the Netherlands and the UK. Make sure to add them to your favorites and stay updated on their whereabouts.
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