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Maps - We Can Create

Iain Moffat
Iain Moffat 3 June 2007 at 23.17

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Truly, Maps is your guide for the most mercurially ace trip of the year.

If you'd told any indie kid back in 91 that Ian Brown, Kevin Shields and Andrew Weatherall had recorded together, they'd have exploded with joy; just because an album that sounds like that hasn't emerged 'til 07 shouldn't diminish its brilliance. James Chapman – for Maps is he – starts well enough, all broken noises and blissed-out musery, but then the head-swallowing whoosh fiend that is 'It Will Find You' takes this to another league altogether. Later, 'Liquid Sugar' will recall a shamanaic 'Mogwai Fear Satan' with breakbeats, 'Back + Forth' will be the sort of avant-burble that coloured every Orbital album, and 'Don't Fear' will provoke lysergic euphoria at its most wrong-footing. Truly, Maps is your guide for the most mercurially ace trip of the year.

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