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Maps We Can Create

"I found a love but lost my soul". Those kinds of lyrics are par for the course with music as intensely heady as James Chapman's (a.k.a. Maps), which buries vocal sentiments under broader instrumental ones in the vein of MBV or, more precisely, German folktronic producers like Guitar. But Chapman is not simply the latest guy storming the heavens. He has a profitable intimacy with melodies and atmospherics that bulls-eyes your aural sweet spots. His experimental melding of shoegaze and Brit-pop's best bits is edgy enough to place him a cut above the bedroom-composer competition.

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