Maps & Atlases Announce Debut Record Release On Barsuk

Barsuk Records is excited to announce that Chicago’s progressive songsmiths Maps & Atlases are set to release their debut album on June 29, 2010. Entitled Perch Patchwork, the record was produced by Jason Cupp (The Elected, Nurses, Cast Spells). The band’s unique style melds the technicality of progressive music and the idiosyncrasies of art rock into a fascinating and oddly accessible sound all their own. Known for their virtuosic musical ability, Maps & Atlases write pop songs with a magnificent aptitude for texture and a distinctive blend of both the intricate and organic.

“It was great to be able to step outside of our live setting and imagine the songs in a different way,” said guitarist Erin Elders about the recording process for Perch Patchwork. “Jason Cupp brought another dimension to the songs that was really exciting to hear. We were able to deconstruct them part by part and then rebuild each verse or chorus with a different sonic idea.”

Continues singer/guitarist David Davison, “We went into the record with the understanding that the creation of the album would be separate from its existence as a live piece of music, which was really liberating.”

For an early preview of Perch Patchwork, download the song “Solid Ground” from the album below.

Download and share Maps & Atlases’ “Solid Ground” from Perch Patchwork [Barsuk Records]:

The members of Maps & Atlases met in Chicago while attending art school, and have released two EPs through indie label Sargent House.  While Tree, Swallows, Houses showcased the band’s more technical side, the subsequent You And Me And The Mountain presented more earthly and digestible songs that earned comparisons to TV On The Radio, Deerhoof, CAN, and even Prince.

The band is hitting the road for a pre-album release tour this spring with Drink Up Buttercup and Frightened Rabbit. Full dates below.

Tour Dates:

04-10 Rock Island, IL – Huckleberry’s Pizza Parlor ^
04-11 Columbus, OH – The Basement *
04-12 Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex &
04-13 Hamden, CT – The Space *
04-14 Boston, MA – Great Scott *
04-15 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells *
04-17 Purchase, NY – SUNY Purchase *
04-18 Harrisonburg, VA – Clementines *
04-19 Akron, OH – Musica *
04-24 Norfolk, VA – Old Dominion University
04-25 Carrborro, NC – Cats Cradle #
04-27 Washington, DC – Black Cat #
04-28 New York, NY – Webster Hall #
04-29 Boston, MA – Paradise #
04-30 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church #
05-1 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street #
05-3 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus #
05-4 Toronto, ONT – Opera House #
05-5 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #
05-6 Newport, KY – Southgate House #
05-7 St Louis, MO – The Old Rock House #
05-8 Chicago, IL – Metro #
05-9 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre #
05-10 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre #
05-12 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre #
05-13 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
05-15 Vancouver, BC – Bitmore Cabaret #
05-16 Seattle, WA – Neumos #
05-17 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan #
05-19 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #
05-22 San Diego, CA – Casbah #

^ w/Dark Dark Dark
& w/Vieux Farka Toure
* w/Drink Up Buttercup
# w/Frightened Rabbit

Perch Patchwork tracklist:

01 Will
02 The Charm
03 Living Decorations
04 Solid Ground
05 Is
06 Israeli Caves
07 Banished Be Cavalier
08 Carrying The Wet Wood
09 Pigeon
10 If This Is
11 Was
12 Perch Patchwork

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