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Boomkat Product Review:
I always had the feeling that freak-folk survivor Jana Hunter had a bit more to her than a lazy genre classification, and this latest from her ‘full band’ Lower Dens, simply goes to prove that point perfectly. Expanding her sound from solo jangle to something altogether more widescreen sounds almost effortless, and Hunter sounds totally at ease with her quirky vocals sandwiched between walls of synthesizers, guitars and percussion. Take the lead single ‘Brains’ for instance, which opens to the familiar cycle of motoric post-Neu! percussion Electralane made their own, but mystifyingly deconstructs itself, at first melting into near-ambience and then building into a veritable cacophony of harmony and flickering electronics. Elsewhere on the record Hunter battles through her obvious Velvets fetish to land on some moments of genuine innovation. ‘Nootropics’ is not an album that lends itself to simplistic classification, and at times it sounds like a grimy, heroin-scarred counterpart to Beach House’s Nico-via-Stereolab pop, and who can argue with that? Recommended.