Baltimore’s Lower Dens return with new single “Real Thing”, their first since 2015’s Escape From Evil. The track, which was written by Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter and fellow musicians Arthur Bates and Ariel Rechtshaid, was produced by Jana Hunter and mixed by Henrik Iivari with additional production from Rechtshaid.
The track is laden with synths but it’s Hunter’s vocal that powers through – with her ability draw you in and forget anything else is happening. The how track is cloaked in a hazy sadness – simultaneously arch and heart-breaking.
Hunter says: “Initially, I wrote 'Real Thing’ with my friend, musician Arthur Bates. Arthur and I have had a very long, intense, chaotic and very close friendship. He's also been a major influence on me personally and artistically. I love him. When we're together, the air is full of intense melancholy, reckless abandon, and a very goofy kind of dark humor. Somehow in our years of knowing each other we'd never written a real song together. We got together specifically for that purpose, in Houston, the town where we met, and wrote this song in about an hour. The lyrics were inspired by an advice column in an old copy of Oui magazine I found in Arthur's apartment. The woman writing in to the column seemed genuinely torn between her love for her husband and her desire to fuck around.
“I find that kind of selfishness entirely relatable, the kind of thing all of us know about ourselves and find nearly impossible to admit. Those kinds of simultaneously internal and yet universal struggles bring me to tears. What if we could all acknowledge just those kinds of flaws, accept them, resolve not to judge each other? I mean, who wants this misery? This alienation? The greed that follows generations of repression? The jealously, oppression and injustice that come next? No. Hell no. If that's reality, I don't care to be a part of it. Or at least that's how I let myself feel from time to time, until I realize I love people and I'm part of the community of humankind and if things are gonna be better for anybody it's on me to do my part. Might seem like a lot but, for me, it's all in this song.”