Lower Dens with No Joy and Alan Resnick
On July 12th, The Luminary welcomes visionary Baltimore band Lower Dens to the Elevator Music Series. Touring in support of the new album Nootropics, the band has expanded towards a more motoric palate and expansive sound. “The record as a whole begs for an assessment of all the flaws inherent in our existence, and to imagine a better, more suitable, logical way for humanity to live.” So says Lower Dens leader Jana Hunter about the band’s stunning new album Nootropics. It’s an ambitious work, and it delivers heavily metaphorical, the symmetries and concordances of the lyrics run deep; the luminous lines of the music converge at a point in a future just out of view. Lower Dens has made music that reconciles fear and uncertainty by freeze-framing it and turning it into a thing of beauty.
Pronounced no-eh-tro-pics, the title refers to a type of drug used to enhance memory or other cognitive functions. That’s a reference to Hunter’s interest in transhumanism, the use of technology to extend human capabilities. It could just as easily extend to the music itself even the band’s newfound keyboards achieve a human-digital synthesis that aptly mirrors the album’s themes.
Supporting will be No Joy and Alan Resnick.
The Elevator Music Series is presented by 88.1 KDHX, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, The Royale and Local Harvest Cafe.