While the long wait for Lower Dens’ new LP The Competiton will be over shortly, the Baltimore band have shared a brand new synth-pop gem ‘I Drive’ to whet our appetites. It’s our Track of the Day.
The new song ‘I Drive’ hangs on a wickedly delicious synth line which permeates the song and adds a touch of gritty glamour to an otherwise socially-engaged song. It follows their other electro-drenched release from the new album, ‘Young Republicans’. While that track may have been too controversial for many mainstream radio stations in The States, this track is surely destined to soundtrack every late night drive in the city.
While the shimmering vocal sound is amply backed by the smooth groove, this track isn’t a sugar rush without a bite. Its synth-pop ballad status is littered with socially conscious moments and is all the better for it.
“Like a lot of queer and trans people, I’ve learned that real family is made, and it isn’t necessarily blood,” lead singer Jana Hunter told Stereogum about the new song. “Even my blood relatives, we work for that familial connection and trust. This song is about leaving behind obligations to people who don’t love or care about you, being with and about people who do. It’s a feeling so strong it’s driving me. That’s the driving I’m doing.”
Watch the new video for Lower Dens’ latest track ‘I Drive’ below.