The new song “I Heard Them Say” from Maps is off the upcoming album Vicissitude, due out on Aug. 7 on Mute Records. It’s the project of James Chapman, who’s been creating and releasing shoegaze and dream pop-inspired electronic music since 2007. The My Bloody Valentine and Spiritualized crowd will find as much to like here as the Chemical Brothers and Boards of Canada people.
Disguised as a moody and seething song, the end of “I Heard Them Say” sees a great rise and flourish of keyboard modulations, building in intensity. It’s a nice finish that’s not too over the top or too weak in its approach. It’s always good when an artist knows when to hold back just a bit to leave the audience wanting more, and Maps does that here. It’s also a bright finish to a brooding song.