Douglas Martin has returned after finally climbing to the top of Mt. Vesuvius.

Wherein Jana Hunter and her road dogs take a ride on the Autobahn and come back with gold. Twin-Hand Movement was shoegaze guitars and sock-hop songwriting. Here, the Baltimore quartet reaches their same textural brilliance through understated rhythms, “Believer” synths, and sampler hiccups. Driving and propulsive, but full of subtle grace. Hunter’s twangy, syrupy croon doesn’t glide through the foreground as much as in the past, but booms and billows above the clouds like an omnipotent force waking up with the sun. “Brains” sounds like a motorik band creating an alternate soundtrack for the beginning of the world. It sounds like the future Track One for a smattering of really great driving mixes. It sounds like an early frontrunner for 2012’s Single of the Year.

MP3: Lower Dens-“Brain”

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