Maps We Can Create [Mute]


Rating: 5.5

Maps is the pet project of Northampton electro-head James Chapman and We Can Create is his full-length debut. The disc is a mix of shoegaze and New Order, a digital aquarium in which synthetic swims with organic. The synthesizer roadways mix with Chapman’s breathy vocals and his continental drift of beats and rhythms create a distinctive world. Although Chapman’s sound is alluring, his execution is faulty and meandering. All too often, We Can Create lulls itself to sleep under the weight of its own production and an absence of true substance.

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Barsuk mp3s

Today you can stream the entire new John Vanderslice album, Emerald City, thanks to our bff’s at Barsuk. Also, the following bands have tour information posted on the Barsuk website:

John Vanderslice – White Dove [mp3]
Smoosh cover Block Party’s Modern Love [mp3]
Nada Surf – Blankest Year [mp3]
Menomena – Wet and Rusting [mp3]
David Bazan – Cold Beer and Cigarettes [mp3]

The Slice gets ready to prepare a 4-cycle gas cultivator that will quickly produce a giant hole to dispose of some dead and mangled bodes.

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