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Lower Dens

Escape From Evil

On Escape From Evil, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter emerges: cerebral and hot-blooded, rash and incorruptible, and, crucially, possessing of a loud, clear voice. The album sees Hunter stepping up and taking center stage, and emboldening every aspect of the band.
Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life's common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, 'To Die in L.A.', almost theatrical.

Lower Dens' 2010 debut, Twin-Hand Movement, was a stunning evolution of guitar brilliance and murky emotiveness, while its 2012 follow-up, Nootropics, was a stark, textured paean to experimental bands of the krautrock era. Escape From Evil, marks a bold, monumental step forward for a band we knew had it in them, and the welcome manifestation of a singer we've never quite seen until now.

The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend) and Lower Dens' Walker Teret. The band returned to their first recording studio, Beatbabies in Baltimore, MD, to record again with Chris Freeland (Lower Dens' Twin-Hand Movement, Wye Oak). Additional recording and production was done in Dallas, TX with John Congleton (St. Vincent, The Walkmen).

  • 1. Sucker's Shangri-la
    2. Ondine
    3. To Die in L.A.
    4. Quo Vadis
    5. Your Heart Still Beating
    6. Electric Current
    7. I Am the Earth
    8. Non Grata
    9. Company
    10. Société Anonyme