Maps & Atlases gave us Solid Ground, the first track off their upcoming(at the time) album Perch Patchwork. I received it in April, and I really enjoyed it. I was curious what else would come, if this were a template for the rest of the music they’d include on the album. When I got Perch Patchwork, I instantly fell in love with it. The key & tempo changes, it was like a progressive folk, with dabs of psychedelia. I think at first these guys were put into a Math or Art Rock kind of category that was just not right for what they do. There’s more to it. There is more of an organic feel to it, as if coupled with science and nature they have married a concoction of both, pop songs with all the idiosyncrasies of math rock with the some really interesting organic beats.
Its certainly not for everyone, there is a lot going on during this album, but I think its got some great moments, some carefully constructed lyrics and is really interesting musically. But you’ve got to be able to deal with them bouncing between different music idealisms.
As a progressive fan, I’d say they do a great job blending and fusing during the album, there are some great moments, and I’ve really enjoyed listening.
Grab Perch Patchwork and get listening.