Maps & Atlases - Beware and Be Grateful (Barsuk Records)
Maps & Atlases is a band that seems to get better with each record. The second full-length since the critically successful Perch Patchwork takes the group’s art-school ethos into heady new directions, mixing wonky and warped world-influences with spazzy riffs. There’s generally a lot to take in aurally from Fever’s swirling rhythms and shattering drum beats to the melee of synth, guitar and effects and oddball embellishments that pop up everywhere. For the less literate, the band’s cornucopia of sound would probably culminate into a sonic mess. But Maps & Atlases seem to be able to magnetically pull everything together and turn chaos and confusion into beautifully intricate compositions.