Almost three years after their sophomore effort, Baltimore's Lower Dens return later this month with new album Escape From Evil. With honeyed melodies and vocals whisked straight from a dream, their third full-lengthdraws the veil back on the band’s signature hazy textures and shoegaze opacity, giving way to fresh emotional depths and a newfound immediacy. Resonating with longing and measured optimism, its tracks speak to the purest elements of songcraft: honesty, empathy and personality. Now lead singer Jana Hunter creates an all-female mix, sourced from the artists that inspire her. Contrasting bare, robustly sincere balladry with the imagistic and the surreal, Hunter's mix is as heartfelt as it is provocative. With selections pulled from corners as disparate as early electronics (Pauline Oliveros, Wendy Carlos), sound-art (Maria Chavez) and cosmic jazz (Dorothy Ashby, Alice Coltrane) – a gossamer of avant garde and improvisational music – it's hard not to feel inspired, too.