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Maps & Atlases


Post Rock/Math rock

3.29 | 12 ratings

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3 stars Maps & Atlases is band with a good taste of melody as well as musicianship. Right from the start of this EP one is attacked by a storm of guitar notes just to show that they mean business. The music is very spastic, electrifying always upbeat and never assertive. The nasal vocals do help keep the music accessible and engaging considering that there aren't too many math rock bands that uses vocals. Everything on this album moves very quickly changing from theme in mere seconds and the flurry notes the main guitarist / vocalist throws at you doesn't help on calming the situation either. The complexity of these guys isn't something that can scare away the average prog listener and a good thing is that the music isn't self-indulgent or pretentious in any way. The lyrics are weird in nature, but I think it's better to pay more attention on how he sings it instead of what he's singing.

This is a typical EP in length, but I honestly think it's perfect as it is. While being around 25 minutes long (or short depending on what you normally listen to), the music on this EP leaves you satisfied and with a good taste in your mouth that'll keep you playing it for weeks on end. Maps & Atlases are highly recommended for fans of catchy and complex music.

3.5 out of 5

chamberry | 3/5 |


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