Gentle Leader XIV conjures the unholy ghost of modern life while warming around the fire of a domesticated mythology. A friend long gone, a beloved object stolen, a bird on the open ocean, adrift, all from the comfort of your couch. TVs flash from apartment windows, pieces of people’s interior lives, caring for the ones they love despite the darkness. Gentle Leader XIV pulls on synth heavy, chorus filled 80s heart strings without diving deep into nostalgia, evoking emotional memory over a gray template of realism. It’s pop without future, love without romance, survival with an undercurrent of persistent loss. New Wave, Post Punk, damaged vibes filtered through a pop machine that keeps turning out the hits. Why keep the radio on when the song is in your head? Gentle Leader XIV is Maria Jenkins (Hollows), Lisa McDuffie, and Jeffrey Tucholski (Running).