Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Maps & Atlases

Maps & Atlases - Silver Self
Maps & Atlases - Old And Gray

Alright, let's get this right out of the way; Beware And Be Grateful and Perch Patchwork have moved Chicago's Maps & Atlases towards more of a pop angle, and away from their original math-rock roots. In come the battery-powered Casio keyboards and out goes a bit of that free-form jazziness. The real strength of this band, for this listener, has always been the vocals of Dave Davison and his ability to create dense layers of richness with his slinky/significant moans.

* For the locals: Maps & Atlases will be performing on Saturday, May 26th at Crowbar in Ybor City

Beware And Be Grateful is available courtesy of Barsuk Records