Words by Tom Johnson Farewell JR might be the collective name for the musical musings of Nick Rayner but there is very little of the classic 'singer-songwriter' about Health, his debut EP. Full-bodied arrangements are present throughout the twenty-five minutes, giving the record a dense and rich backdrop for his folk-styled vocals to sit upon. As vocals go, Rayner's are a rather wonderful tool. Sounding something like a 3am drunken plea to the moon, his gravelly drawl proves to be the records heartbeat as it clambers almost clumsily over the rest of the instrumentation. [...]
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© 2012 Greenland Photography Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun have been riding a wave of success since the release of sophomore album 'Death' in April and that's only set to continue into the near future. With two headline tours in support of the album under their belt and a forthcoming stint on the road with Tim Barry and, label mate, Frank Turner to look forward to in November, things are only getting better for the folk-rock outfit from Cheltenham. I met up with Jim and Chris before their show in Manchester for a [...]
With their sophomore album 'Death' seeing them soar to new heights, I can't see it being very long until Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are the band that everyone is talking about. The four-piece folk-rock band from Cheltenham are enjoying their fair share of success right now and that only looks to increase as they head out on tour alongside Tim Barry in support of, Xtra Mile label mate, Frank Turner. I sat down with Jim and Chris to talk about 'Death', the forthcoming tour, re-issuing 'Atlases' and how Xtra Mile should really be giving me some [...]
The first part of our Maps & Atlases session went up last week and involved the band playing a stripped-back version of Fever from their stunning new album Beware & Be Grateful (review here ). We're now very pleased to bring you the second part of our session which features this brilliant and funky-as-hell version of Winter, also taken from the new record , in all its finger-tapping glory. If you missed the first part of the session then check it out below but first [...]
This week sees the release of Beware and Be Grateful , the new LP from Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases. The record marks a subtle shift in their sound, with the always-compelling band adding a good chunk of heart and soul into proceedings creating a record that manages to be intriguing, instantly danceable and rather damn beautiful all at the same time. We've loved the band since their (completely perfect) early EP's, so it was something of an honour to be able to film a session with them as they landed upon UK [...]
Artist : Maps & Atlases Title : Beware and Be Grateful Label : FatCat Release Date : April 16th BUY IT Written by Mark Robinson It’s amazing how some bands get to reach a certain ‘level’ of mainstream acceptance, while others seem to toil around in the hazy area underneath. Regardless of how good they are, [...]
Maps & Atlases last album, Perch Patchwork , saw the Chicago quartet embrace their once-dormant pop sensibilities. Long touted for their mathematically-intricate musicianship, tracks like "Solid Ground" and "Israeli Caves" saw the band blend angular guitar and drum beats with gorgeous melodies. Today the Barsuk signees released "Fever," the first taste of their upcoming record, Beware & Be Grateful . The track continues down the same path as Perch Patchwork , replacing impressive bouts of finger-tapping with bright synths and a bouncy drumbeat. [...]
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YES! GFP faves Maps & Atlases have announced that their sophomore record will be released in the UK on Monday 16th April and will go by the name of Beware And Be Grateful. The band have also announced a handful of shows on these fair isles in April to coincide with it's release; 16th Mon BRISTOL Cooler 17th Tue LONDON Garage 18th Wed MANCHESTER Night and Day [...]
The first taster of the forthcoming new album from Maps & Atlases Beware And Be Grateful , has been unveiled, and it's pretty damn good. 'Winter' represents the overall feel of the album quite well, with a driving/joyous quality filling every possible space. The album is released on April 16th through FatCat Records, and we suggest you mark that in your diaries, as it's a great album.
Brick Lane’s Vibe Bar played the host to welcoming West Country post-rockers Atlases in their triumphant and well-overdue return to London. The 5-piece instrumentalists captivated a healthily supported audience through a powerful and dramatically moving performing, which consisted of an equal balance between brand new material as well as ‘Ye Olde Classics’. Read more..
These are interesting times for Menomena. Last night's show at The Gargoyle was part of the Portland band's second tour without founding keyboardist Brent Knopf, who left the group in January. Th... Continue reading "Review: Menomena and Maps & Atlases at the Gargoyle, Thursday, March 10" >
Take a listen to another Maps & Atlases remix that's appeared online via the Light Fiction Soundcloiud page kindly pointed out to us by the guys in Frightened Rabbits The band recently put up a competition for the world to take part in which anyone could mix and use a range of sample they uploaded to Soundcloud. Take a listen today to the Adreas Lust Remix of Perch Patchwork's track, "Pigeon". Not only that but Maps released a brand new EP which makes me very happy! It should cheer up your weeks too and [...]
Maps & Atlases were one of the first bands to do a Live at Electraplay session for donewaitingTV , and the dudes enjoyed it so much they came back to the studio to a cut a new, live-in-the-studio version of the song "Solid Ground," which you can watch above. That previously unheard/unreleased version of "Solid Ground" will see its official release tomorrow on the iTunes-only EP Living Decorations , which will also feature a remix of "Pigeon" by Frightened Rabbit, a remix of "Living Decorations" by Friendly Ghost and a remix of "Perch [...]
(M&A signing the Mahogany guestbook) After an alarmingly busy few days, there are now heaps of sessions under the belt and in post-production. Chicago's Maps & Atlases were in London recently and we met them in a quiet backstreet of Camden as they performed two tracks exclusively for us. Their album, Perch Patchwork, is available to buy now and after watching the videos below, you may be heading over to purchase their hard work. Maps & Atlases -- Living Decorations // Mahogany Session [...]
Chicago indie rockers Maps & Atlases have released a brand new video for the quite funky track, "Living Decorations," off their latest, Perch Patchwork . The video is a tongue-in-cheek affair that follows the set up and execution of a concert for an intriguing entertainer called Rick Reebok. Along the way, we see the punky nay-sayers, the band chilling backstage and finally the Reebok on stage, where he seems to bond in particular with one front row fan, played by Maps & Atlases lead singer Dave Davison. Be sure to catch Maps & Atlases at Lincoln [...]
Overall, a strong performance.
After releasing their long-awaited debut album Perch Patchwork last year, following two extremely impressive EPs, Chicago-based math-rockers Maps & Atlases brought their pleasant mix of early Foals-esque rhythms with the indie-pop stylings of Vampire Weekend to Newcastle’s Other Rooms. Having two local acts as support was a nice touch, with the brilliantly named Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink up first. Their music showed signs of promise, sadly buried under inconsistent melodies and the sullen look of a thoroughly unimpressed bassist. Coal Train started strongly, though their final songs descended into disappointingly predictable mid-tempo fare, and so when Maps & Atlases [...]
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