This album fuses the industrial chug of their earlier efforts with a sleeker, brighter sound palette which evokes the aspirational fizz of the eighties so-cal dream to ominous effect. Damon edge as prisoner in a Michael Mann film which never ends. — Nate Nelson, Lower Dens

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Escape from Evil, for me, is our most spiritual album, and one of its themes is coming to a place of acceptance of one’s own self-perpetuating pain, and finding new tools over the course of life that enables one to do so. This piece held me in its loving arms during a period in which nothing else offered respite, it is a safe space for anyone who cannot sleep. — Geoff Graham, Lower Dens

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Together they made albums like U2’s Unforgettable Fire that are the gold standard for tone and economy. That album in particular works as well as it does at least in part because of circumstances of restriction. They were working without a lot of “tools”, according to Lanois, and it made them create something wholly new. Along with The Smith’s Louder Than Bombs, Unforgettable Fire was my primary musical touchstone during writing. Both of these I could remember in their entirety from my childhood. — Jana Hunter, Lower Dens

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Lower Dens‘ beautiful new record Escape From Evil is finally out today on Ribbon Music, and to commemorate the occasion, we’ve invited Jana Hunter and the band to take over the site for the day. So stick around and get deep with the band, and stay up on all of their posts HERE. And if you haven’t heard the record yet, this is a great starting point: lead single “To Die in L.A.” is available for free download here.

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Tei Shi‘s Verde EP is out April 14. Listen to the record in its entirety below (via Hype Machine) + pre-order the 12″ here.

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