Lower Dens – To die in L.A. (from the album Escape from evil, Ribbon Music/Domino)

An edgy synth arpeggio, woolly pitter patter bass and a genuine female croon.

There’s a very 80s feel, presumably deliberate, perhaps to call up the paranoia and disenchantment of that decade.

And despite the singalong chorus with a wash of comforting harmonies to soften the blow, there’s plenty of that here.

Time will turn the tide

It’s a far cry from the motorik insistence of the last album but in its own way just as insidiously intriguing and catchy as fuck.

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