Nootropics is defined as a substance that enhances cognition and memory and facilitates learning. It's also the title of the new Lower Dens record that is, perhaps tying in to that definition, a very cerebral experience. Although some have said the record is sad or nightmarish Rocks Off chooses to view it as reflective. It's the sound of long nights spent thinking and overthinking in the dark.
It's an album that demands your attention. Heavy on atmosphere, with lots of textures and reverbed guitars, it is at times haunting. And in the middle of all of that is the voice of Jana Hunter, whose vocals provide for some of the most haunted moments.
Hunter is a Texas native who spent a fair amount of time in Houston, most famously in Matty & Mossy. No stranger to the Houston Press or Rocks Off, we caught up with her on the eve of the band's first headlining tour.