photo credit: Elise Mesner
Today Max Foreman is sharing his new single “Open Eyes” via Backseat Mafia. Check out the premiere here. Max Foreman’s self-released debut, Underground, is due out on March 5th, 2021. In case you’ve missed them, check out Max’s previous singles “State of Decay” & “Underground.”
Regarding the meaning behind the single, Max stated: “‘Open Eyes’ is a moment in time, and an opening of the gateway to a new sonic universe. The parallel worlds on the Underground EP unfold: cosmic synthesizers and analog drum machines tearing through the sky, anchored by volcanic textures of layered guitars. The lyrics depict a fragmented state of consciousness, tripping backwards and replaying moments out of sequence. It’s a strange journey that awakens the ear to new worlds contained within.”
Underground is the debut solo release from Los Angeles-based songwriter and producer Max Foreman. A figure in the West Coast music scene for two decades, Foreman is best known for his keyboard and vocal work in the electric pop duo Bouquet, and as guitarist of the San Francisco math rock trio Tenebre. On his new EP, Max Foreman’s meticulous songwriting has delivered a classic work of pop surrealism.
Layers of guitar and analog electronics invite the listener into Underground’s playful and idiosyncratic landscape. The mid-tempo bounce of “State of Decay” finds detuned keyboards encircled by sweeping Laurel Canyon harmonies. “Second Time Around”, a Zombies-influenced earworm dipped in Mellotron and organ, is turned upside down with blissfully warped synthesizers and guitar overdrive. Foreman’s production finds kindred spirits in artists like White Noise and Laurie Spiegel, revealing hidden electronic gems in every verse.
The lyrics of Underground oscillate between serenity and alienation, searching for moments of reprieve in the midst of unprecedented crisis. The story unfolds in fragments—the prematurely changing seasons, the sensation of radiant city lights, and in the title track, an earthquake striking just minutes after midnight. Sometimes, as Foreman intones, “Heaven speaks from underground.” The pathways of Max Foreman’s Underground lead us all into a different, and more sublime, world