James Chapman, aka Maps, is from Northampton, UK, and released his last album four years ago. He has since been working hard to create something wonderful, something perfect and something sure to be well-received; and he has certainly achieved this with third album, ‘Vicissitude’, released July 5th 2013 on Mute, and available to purchase here. ‘Vicissitude’ was recorded at Chapman’s home studio with production input from M83 collaborator Ken Thomas.
Lead track ‘A.M.A’ has a simple but dynamic drum loop, with sophisticated and intricate synth lines. The captivating melody progresses to an uplifting chorus and there are moments of solitude at times, progressing to determined elevation. Maps’ trademark shoegaze-synth sound and whispery vocals are certainly is still here showing throughout on ‘Vicissitude’, but A.M.A is a more refined, neater track from the LP. Listen below;