Too many words are always an affront but on rare occasions, the mere presence can distract from a more basic language being spoken. The glint of an eye or the suggestion of a smile is harder to contain than any thought or belief. In respect of this, on an ice cold November morning in London, the KCL Radio studio was a hub of communication.
Blue & Silver
Lower Dens possess a patience of an irrepressible kind, both in their music and in their manner. Each note hangs in an inexpressible space before being delivered; each lyric watchful and cautious, as though just one more word could tip the scales. Justly, rather than allowing them to suffer the labyrinthine chess-linoleum hallways of KCLSU, we invited them through the window directly into the studio.
Abe, Geoff, Jana and Will make dreamy rock and roll that reflects their pensive, wistful natures. But just like their music, there’s an infectious magnetism about them. Their debut album Twin Hand Movement is delicately bound with songs that create a tempo and a cadence that is a trance-like heartbeat, which reflects a band steadily moving towards acclaim – the collection gently washes you down river; with your eyes closed you fail to notice that you’re about to cascade into moments of thrill and excitement.
Lower Dens hail from Baltimore, a city that’s undergone a revolution and, so says the band, contains scores of folk beginning new horizons. The band is no exception. Of the four members, half are native to Maryland, the other two have flown their Texan nest. It’s as though one morning they put the for sale sign up, scrubbed up, bought their first suit and entered the city in search of the rest of their life – although, clearly relishing playing to sold out crowds across the globe, there’s earnestness and maturity in their progress. Lead singer Jana Hunter, in particular, has years of touring and making music behind her. And her voice aches for the experience.