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The Sound of Speed

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The Sound of Speed

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THE MIND-ALTERING NATURE OF LOWER DENS' NOOTROPICS

Lower Dens almost never was. Jana Hunter, the androgynous, bisexual 34-year-old who leads the had released three solo records hi as many years, and she felt spent. "I grew disenchanted with performing and bringing the intimate nature of my songs to a public arena," she says. "I decided that I was going to quit music, but before I did, I would take a band on one last tour to see friends around the country."

That band became Lower Dens, and it lasted far beyond that tour. In 2010, it released Twin Hand Movement, an album contemplative, guitar-driven, ambient rock that landed them profile gigs with indie juggernauts Beach House and The relative success readied Hunter and her band for their second album, Nootrapics. "It was an hítense recording project," Hunter says. "We stayed at the studio, we all lived around each other 24 hour s a day. It was fun, but also a little stinky and wild. …

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