The new Maps album Vicissitude is due out on July 9th on Mute Records. Maps is the project of James Chapman, it’s shoegaze and dream pop-inspired electronic music -- The My Bloody Valentine and Spiritualized crowd will find as much to like here as the Chemical Brothers and Boards of Canada people. Starting today, the full Maps album is streaming in its entirety at NPR Music.
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.
NPR Music sees it as an album of maturity for Chapman, saying “True to its title, Vicissitude (out July 9) is an album about change: about getting older, staring down an uncertain future, taking stock and finding hope. After two albums of more outward-facing dance-pop music — 2009's Turning the Mind and Maps' Mercury Prize-nominated debut, We Can Create — Vicissitude finds Chapman sounding more fully formed as both a musician and a human being. Smart and soaring, it's an album versatile enough for dance floors and road trips alike.”
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