Friday, April 23, 2010
[filtermagazine.com] First Impressions:
- Maps & Atlases will be releasing their first full-length debut after two sold-out EPs and tons of praises. Due to be released on June 29th on Barsuk Records, this Chicago, Illinois-based band continues where they left off with quite a 12-track album entitled Perch Patchwork.
- In “The Charm,” singer/guitarist David Davison starts off sarcastic in the line, “I don’t think there’s a sound that I hate more than the sound of your voice/When you said that you don’t love me anymore.” It's a sophisticated track filled with heavy percussion beats.
- “Solid Ground” is in between folk and rock and roll but overall still very technical.
- Surprisingly, “Israeli Caves” showcases the band's less-complex side with feel good bouncy guitar rock.
- After 10 tracks of complicated guitar-driven songs, “Was” calms you down with a skillful acoustic guitar number with Davidson’s howling in the background before moving to the final track “Perch Patchwork,” a classy song full of stringed-arrangement fit for an ending.
Key Tracks: “Solid Ground,” “Israeli Caves,” and “Perch Patchwork”
Predictions: Just like its predecessor, Perch Patchwork is heavy with experimental and complex guitar works and weird but interesting drum patterns that define Maps & Atlases' math rock background. This is highly recommended for fans of technical and experimental rock music who are sick of post rock.
2. The Charm
3. Living Decorations
4. Solid Ground
6. Israeli Caves
7. Banished Be Cavalier
8. Carrying The Wet Wood
10. If This Is
12. Perch Patchwork
Posted by Dan Goldin at 3:32 AM