Lower Dens – “Nootropics”

Have you heard of Lower Dens? Their surreal sound, and Jana Hunter’s voice, is very similar to Beach House which, coincidentally, is the same city they are both from. Lower Dens’ ethereal, dark, and dream pop-py vibe swirl around into a very pleasing sound. It is hard to ignore the Beach House influence, though, even if it isn’t technically listed. A few songs on Nootropics have a faster tempo, like “Stem” (which has no lyrics) and “Candy”. Hunter spoke to Paste Magazine in an interview and discussed a few things. “The record’s not all about pills that we take to improve our … Continue reading Lower Dens – “Nootropics”

“Lazuli”- Beach House

Baltimore’s own Beach House have just released the video for “Lazuli”–the second single off of their fourth album, Bloom. The song is classic Beach House: atmospheric, synth-heavy and dripping with mumbly-mouthed lyrics. The video is not! It features loads of special effects, Lady Gaga Born-This-Way-era intergalactic sets (complete with G.O.A.T) and JJ Abrams’ signature lens flares for fuck’s sake! This from a band who doesn’t want to do deals with car companies or (allegedly) be sold at Starbucks. HIPSTERS! (I know, takes one to know one…) Continue reading “Lazuli”- Beach House

Beach House’s “Bloom” is Streaming on NPR!

Baltimore Band Beach House (comprised of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally) are set to release their fourth record, Bloom, on 17 May.   It’s hard to imagine something better than 2010’s Teen Dream but we aren’t denying them the possibility. We’ve been listening to “Myth” and “Lazuli” nonstop here at Rhyme et Reason–whether at work or in the car. (Our editor in chief has suffered through me singing along SEVERAL times. Bless her.) That’s generally a good sign.   And now thanks to NPR we can hear the whole thing a week before it drops.     Continue reading Beach House’s “Bloom” is Streaming on NPR!