Video: Lower Dens, “Brains”
For the sweeping drama and layers of quivering sounds in â€śBrains,â€ť the first single off the forthcoming album Nootropics, Lower Dens released a music video that is rather minimalist. Well, minimalist at least in narrative action.
The entire video focuses on a seated Jana Hunter, as seen through a convex screen resembling that of an old television set. You know the kind, the huge boxes that required proper positioning of an antenna so the picture wouldnâ€™t scramble.
As the song begins its slow build, the image of Hunter begins to flutter. With each new element of instrumentation, the fluttering becomes more pronounced, creating something of a waveform filament to place over top of the image of Hunter singing. When the song reaches its zenith, we are thrown into swirling black and white colors, then a shot of Hunter singing the chorus that kind of looks like a colorized version of the authoritarian figure in the 1984 Macintosh Super Bowl commercial, and finally the crystalline opening shot from whence we came.
You can view the video in its entirety below. Nootropics hits shelves on May 1. You can see Lower Dens four days after that at the Ottobar.