Digital Leather (Shawn Foree) will release a new album, New Wave Gold, on September 15 (No Coast Recordings) and today he reveals the album’s closer, “Sinking Ship.” He says “it’s about how fucked the world is, and how we are all going to die in the worst way possible soon. There is nothing we can do. It’s far too late. Plus, it’s got a beat and you can dance to it.”
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Foree previously released “A Cut Above” and “The King Of Idiots” off the album. He has been making music under the alias Digital Leather since the early 2000’s, and New Wave Gold will mark his 24th record. His music has been labeled “blitzed synth punk” (Noisey) and “rough and passionate” (All Music). With New Wave Gold, Foree has shown creative maturity, and has proven himself to be a master songsmith as well as a competent producer with a penchant for sound texturing and a “mid-fi” aesthetic.
Recorded in Foree’s apartment in Omaha, Nebraska over the last few years, during which time Shawn also travelled the country doing environmental work , which lends to much of the lyrical content in the album, New Wave Gold is something uniquely wonderful. Lyrically, each song is crafted of deceivingly simple lines, but the words soon reveal their true identities: culprits to a dazzlingly moody manifesto. It’s a mid-life crisis and a global crisis smashed together and thrown onto tape. Scattered with analog synths, acoustic guitars, and a fully operational DIY approach, New Wave Gold is also reminiscent of work from groups like Sebadoh and Psychic TV.
References aside, New Wave Gold is a trenchant exploration of a self, coexisting with an often bleak and doubt-inspiring outer setting.It is the battle of the subject versus the all-consuming, fiery leviathan, the object, the world.