Channels is the debut LP from Chicago sultry synthpop band GENTLE LEADER XIV. At times reminiscent of early 4AD projects like This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins, Channels goes heavy on atmosphere and emotion. There’s something sensual in Gentle Leader XIV’s sound—seduction begins with the beginning notes of “Two Moon Cry,” and doesn’t let up for the record’s duration. A dark mood is often a playful mood, and such is the case on Channels—pop hooks, synth arpeggios, and choruses abound throughout the LP, making it the perfect record for your next dim-lit gathering. Gentle Leader XIV is MARIA JENKINS (HOLLOWS), LISA MCDUFFIE, and JEFFREY TUCHOLSKI (RUNNING). CHRIS MCDUFFIE (APPLES IN STEREO) adds synth textures to the album.