Lower Dens’ first three albums — Twin-Hand Movement, Nootropics, and Escape from Evil — formed a narrative of sorts, about finding community, and identifying one’s responsibilities.
The Competition (due for release on 6th September via Ribbon) is a pop album with a concept both emotionally and politically urgent. The title is lead singer and songwriter Jana Hunter’s term for a sociopsychological phenomenon that, in different ways, binds us all. Modern capitalism by nature generates a kind of psychosis — an inability to process its constant stimuli and contradictions — that accelerates our insecurities and anxieties to the point of total overload, corroding our intimacies, our communities, and our senses of self. The Competition speaks, in various ways, to the necessity of “socially de-conditioning ourselves and learning how to be people,” Hunter says.
The Competition draws on influences ranging across decades of Western pop music and chronicles messy, vulnerable humanity at a time of upheaval and chaos — through immersive, four-minute songs meant to give pleasure as much as provoke self-examination. It channels an urgent, restless desire to connect. The album gets at the importance of situating oneself within a broader social context, especially in times of political emergency and great possibility, where the necessity of organizing feels more widespread and inspires more passion than it has in years. It also expresses an epiphany: you need radical and unquestioning compassion for yourself if you’re to reimagine what society could be.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.
>>> Join the Facebook event and receive all updates on this show!
Tickets £13.50 +bf +50p venue restoration levy
2A Dartmouth Park Hill, London, NW5 1HL