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Maps & Atlases

Beware And Be Grateful
bark125: Maps & Atlases / Beware And Be Grateful
bark125   CD / DIGITAL Barsuk Records   April 2012
  1. Old & Gray
  2. Fever
    • Winter
  3. Remote & Dark Years
  4. Silver Self
  5. Vampires
  6. Be Three Years Old
  7. Bugs
  8. Old Ash
  9. Important

In a musical landscape pitted with pop stars and pigeonholes, Maps & Atlases defy easy categorization, choosing to walk their own incomparable path. Beware and Be Grateful builds upon the Chicago-based band's acclaimed Barsuk debut, Perch Patchwork, melding their trademark experimentalism with a more direct — though no less beguiling — songcraft. The new album abounds with invention, spanning hymnal harmonies, percolating rhythms, even, in the case of centerpiece track "Silver Self", a full-on guitar solo. Songs like "Remote and Dark Years" and "Winter" are gloriously liquid and lyrical, channeling M&A's maximalist creativity into a truly inviting brand of boundary-busting, asymmetrical pop.

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