Lower Dens - Twin Hand Movement
Formed in Baltimore in early 2009, Lower Dens's debut album, Twin-Hand Movement, has arrived after a short 7-inch on current label Gnomonsong. The band walk partly in the steps of weird lo-fi, pop maverick Ariel Pink but with a healthy dose of post-punk spunk. While opener 'Blue & Silver' is decidedly boring and uneventful, 'Tea Lights' continues in a sweet and chilled-out manner with its relaxed yet melodic guitar lines and hushed vocals whilst instrumental track 'Holy Water' is driven along by an unrelenting bass line as guitar drones and squeals weave in and out. As six-minute 'Plastic & Powder' creeps in at a ghostly pace, continuing its eerie feel with swirling guitar drones and more delicate vocal harmonies, you realise that Twin-Hand Movement is proof of the dynamic power of the electric guitar when in the hands of the right people.