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We Can Create

MapsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000PKG7MU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. So Low, So High
2. You Don't Know Her Name
3. Elouise
4. It Will Find You
5. Glory Verse
6. Liquid Sugar
7. To The Sky
8. Back And Forth
9. Lost My Soul
10. Don't Fear
11. When You Leave

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MAPS is Northampton, U.K. wunderkind, James Chapman. A mix of electronics, pop and psychedelia, his sound can be found in the scale and ambition of Spiritualized, in the single-mindedness of My Bloody Valentine, in the vibes and good times of the Chemical Brothers and in the melodies of The Byrds.

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MAPS is Northampton, U.K. wunderkind, James Chapman. A mix of electronics, pop and psychedelia, his sound can be found in the scale and ambition of Spiritualized, in the single-mindedness of My Bloody Valentine, in the vibes and good times of the Chemical Brothers and in the melodies of The Byrds.

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4.0 out of 5 stars What do British indie stars do in their bedrooms? July 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Sleep, shag, and make Mercury Prize-nominated albums, that's what. James Chapman aka Maps made the bulk of his aptly-titled debut LP We Can Create on an old 16-track recorder squeezed into his flat in Northampton, England. That's right, with noisy old instruments and ne'er a computer in sight. The neighbors must've kicked up murder.

What type of music had the Jones's banging on the wall? An updated version of "shoegaze", don't you know. That bookish older brother of a genre from the early 90s that championed droning guitars, whispery voices, trippy lyrics, and floppy fringes.

Shoegaze strove to create a specific feeling. Namely, that of being off your head on drugs. In a quiet, let's-not-attract-the-barman's-attention kind of way.

Chief purveyors of this performance-enhanced music in the 90s were My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, and Chapman's closest descendent Spacemen 3. They followed in the footsteps of the world's first shoegazer, John Lennon. He tried his damndest to replicate an acid trip with Tomorrow Never Knows. The result was out of this world. And he had a floppy fringe.

Chapman (no relation to Mark) has given us Shoegaze 3.0. A refit that maintains the genre's mood of low-key psychedelia. He's kept the breathy vocals, angelic aahs, and kiss-the-sky mantras. But the droning guitars are gone. Replaced by a universe of atmospheric electronics, including buzzing synths, trip-hop drums, and the odd Namlook-esque space bleep. In other words, ShoeRave.

Album centrepoint To The Sky winds into being like a musical jewellery box.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the atmosphere this CD creates August 1, 2007
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I also think this is one of the best CDs of 2007. If you are looking for a dreaming, satisfying, atmospheric trip this CD is for you. I am a big fan. They remind me a little of Low. But, I think Maps are more assessable. I enjoyed this CD from the first song and it gets better after each play. The engineer did a good job also sequencing the songs onto the CD so that the tracks flow well. I heard this was done from a 16 track in the guys bedroom. Great Indie music. This is the type of CD Maps will make only once. You don't want to miss a minute of it. Influences: Damien Rice, Sigur Ros, and Interpol.

Key Songs:
Elousie
It will Find You
So Low, So High
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chill, atmospheric, fun December 26, 2007
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I recently came across Maps' myspace and was instantly hooked after hearing a few of their songs. I purchased the CD with the hope that there would be a few good songs, and I was pleasantly surprised that every track on this CD is definitely worth listening too. This music is great for long drives, studying at home, or just hanging out chillin. Its the kind of music that you can't help but smile as you listen too it. The songs are uplifting and fun, and never get tired.

I was going to try and recommend some best tracks from this CD, but every song is so damn good that its almost impossible to single out only a few. If I had to pick the best, it would be "So Low, So High", "You Don't Know Her Name", "Glory Verse", "Liquid Sugar" and "Back and Forth". But really you could listen to this CD from beginning to end and be very entertained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack for beautiful vistas March 26, 2008
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I just got this before going on a solo driving trip through New Mexico. It complimented those amazing vistas wonderfully. The mountains, the pueblo, Santa Fe, the canyons...Maps did these beauties wonderful justice (along with James Blackshaw's "O True Believers" CD, among others). While playing the final track of We Can Create, as I drove into the 400+ year old plaza in the center of Santa Fe at dusk, just as the final mandolin-sounding melody comes into the song, a candle lit march for solidarity with Tibet was before my eyes. Truly amazing experience that is now one of those perfect memories where sound and vision syncronized perfectly.
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