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Maps & Atlases

Dave Davison's voice — a seasoned croon continually abandoned for a controlled yet penetrating howl — betrays the range of emotions he has faced in the six years since the band's last release. In 2012, just before the launch of the acclaimed Beware and Be Grateful, Davison unexpectedly lost his father, his best friend. Grief took the form of inquiry: How can you reckon with the sudden death of someone whom, your entire life, was right beside you? How can you go on living in the unbridgeable gulf between the light and the dark, between the dark and the light? The title of Maps and Atlases' new album, Lightlessness Is Nothing New, serves to foreshadow an emotionally and musically dynamic collection of songs that contemplates the jolt of loss and the strain of longing to music that, against our better judgment, makes us want to dance.

Maps & Atlases return with first album in six years

Chicago's Maps & Atlases are set to return in 2018, announcing their new album Lightlessness Is Nothing New, out June 1. The record, their first since 2012's Beware and Be Grateful, finds frontman Dave Davison reckoning with the loss of his father and the emotional distances between light and dark.

Lightlessness Is Nothing New is available for pre-order now. 04 Apr 2018

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upcoming shows

26 Apr  

Nottingham UNITED KINGDOM  @ Nottingham Contemporary 

27 Apr  

London UNITED KINGDOM  @ Lexington 

28 Apr  

Oxford UNITED KINGDOM  @ O2 Academy 2 Oxford 

30 Apr  

Paris FRANCE  @ Supersonic 

2 May  

Oberhausen GERMANY  @ Drucklufthaus 

3 May  

Mainz GERMANY  @ Schon Schön 

4 May  

Hannover GERMANY  @ Cafe Glocksee 

5 May  

Stuttgart GERMANY  @ Keller Klub 

6 May  

Munich GERMANY  @ Milla 

7 May  

Vienna AUSTRIA  @ Das Wek