When revisiting Scraps previous full-length TTNK (pronounced Titanic, also on Moontown Reocrds, 2016) in the lockdown of 2020 I found it more affecting than when I first purchased it sometime near the release date.
Maybe its impact was slightly muffled by the mid-decade influx of synthesizers into the DIY world, but it shines more brightly on it’s own.
While 'New World' isn’t just more-of-the-same from Laura Hill (aka Scraps) it certainly retains all the enjoyable qualities.
Bits of this record remind me of the introverted-joy of those early Frankie Knuckles/Jamie Principle jams, as well as Young Marble Giants, and for that I find it a lot more enjoyable than the austere coldness of most so called synth-wave. It’s top tier 21st century synth pop, right up there with Holy Balm and Sex Tourists!