Lower Dens is a reliably erratic band. Its danceable indie pop sound has propelled the act for the past nine years, and now the Baltimore-based artist is gearing up for another album release; The Competition is his latest effort, due out September 6th on Ribbon. New single “I Drive” is just as fun as any of his previous releases but pleas for rationality in the one subject that will never make sense: love.
The older I get, the less I realize love has to do with sex. Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter finds himself transfixed on a particular type of love, familial relationships, in the wake of his transition; this premise became the new track, “I Drive.” “Why can’t we be with the ones we were made to love?” he calls out during the chorus—a relatable rallying cry for any queer person who has had to find a new family after being cast out by their own blood. The energy of the song would not suggest its brooding foundation, though, with a dangerously infectious hook.
words by: Zoë Elaine