Indie pop group Lower Dens share ‘I Drive’ the second single from forthcoming album The Competition, which will be released on Ribbon Music on September 6.
It follows on the heels – in both sequence and theme – of the album’s lead single ‘Young Republicans’, about a certain sect of society’s elite. The record comes four years since their critically acclaimed album, Escape From Evil.
On ‘I Drive’, vocalist Jana Hunter says, “Like a lot of queer and trans people, I’ve learned that real family is made, and it isn’t necessarily blood. 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.”
Listen to ‘I Drive’ by Lower Dens on the Official Fantasy Premier League playlist on Spotify.
The Competition is a pop album with a concept both emotionally and politically urgent. By design, competition is the driving force of modern capitalism, and the title is lead singer and songwriter Jana Hunter’s (pronouns: they/them, him/his) term for a socio-psychological phenomenon this generates; a kind of psychosis that accelerates our insecurities and anxieties to the point of total overload, corroding our intimacies, our communities and our senses of self.
Hunter says, “The issues that have shaped my life, for better or for worse, have to do with coming from a family and a culture that totally bought into this competitive mindset.
“I was wild and in a lot of pain as a kid; home life was very bleak, and pop songs were a guaranteed escape to a mental space where beauty, wonder, and love were possible. I wanted to write songs that might have the potential to do that.”
The Competition might be Hunter’s most vulnerable, hook-filled album yet, a leftfield, resistance pop record that could only be released in 2019.