After a string of promising EPs, the debut long player from Chicago’s Maps & Atlases has finally arrived. Perch Patchwork, released via Barsuk this Tuesday, is a fully-realized vision of earthy, organic pop, led by lead singer Dave Davison’s gloriously husky baritone and the band’s tempered interpretation of years of math rock and busy guitar lines. This week only, the LP is streaming in its entirety on AOL Spinner. But it doesn’t stop there. Recently, the Chicago quartet swung by the Rock Island studios of Daytrotter to put a session to tape. The result, as anyone who has seen the band live can predict, is an ecstatic, electric collection of energetic pop songs and expert performances. Head over to Daytrotter now to bask in its glory, and understand why Pitchfork raved earlier this week.
Listen to Perch Patchwork by Maps & Atlases [Barsuk] on AOL Spinner:
Listen to Maps & Atlases’ Daytrotter Session:
Download and share Maps & Atlases’ “Solid Ground” from Perch Patchwork [Barsuk Records]:
07/06/10 ST. LOUIS, MO [Firebird]*!
07/07/10 OMAHA, NE [Slowdown]*!
07/09/10 DENVER, CO [Marquis Theater]*!
07/10/10 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO [Black Sheep]*!
07/11/10 SALT LAKE CITY, UT [Kilby Court]*!
07/13/10 PORTLAND, OR [Doug Fir]*!
07/14/10 VANCOUVER, BC [Media Club]*!
07/15/10 SEATTLE, WA [Vera Project]*!
07/17/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA [Bottom of the Hill]#*
07/18/10 SANTA CRUZ, CA [Mill Gallery]#*
07/19/10 VISALIA, CA [Howie and Sons]#*
07/20/10 SANTA BARBARA, CA [Muddy Waters]#*
07/21/10 SAN DIEGO, CA [Casbah]#*
07/22/10 LOS ANGELES, CA [Bootleg Theater]#*
07/23/10 TUCSON, AZ [Club Congress]#*
07/25/10 DALLAS, TX [Loft]#*
07/26/10 AUSTIN, TX [Emo Jr’s]#*
07/27/10 HOUSTON, TX [Mango’s]#*
07/28/10 SHREVEPORT, LA [Collective]
08/05/10 ANN ARBOR, MI [Blind Pig]#@
08/06/10 CLEVELAND, OH [Grog Shop]#@
08/07/10 TORONTO, ON [Horseshoe Tavern]#@
08/08/10 MONTREAL, CANADA [Casa del Popolo]#@
08/09/10 BURLINGTON, VT [Club Metronome]#@
08/10/10 PORTLAND, ME [Space Gallery]#@
08/11/10 CAMBRIDGE, MA [Middle East]#@
08/12/10 NEW YORK, NY [Mercury Lounge]#@
08/13/10 NEW YORK, NY [Knitting Factory]#@
08/14/10 PHILADELPHIA, PA [Kung Fu Necktie]#@
08/15/10 WASHINGTON, DC [Black Cat]#@
08/17/10 PITTSBURGH, PA [Brillobox]#@
08/18/10 NEWPORT, KY [Southgate House]#@
* w/ The Globes
# w/ Cults
! w/ Drink Up Buttercup
@ w/ Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Perch Patchwork Tracklist:
02 The Charm
03 Living Decorations
04 Solid Ground
06 Israeli Caves
07 Banished Be Cavalier
08 Carrying The Wet Wood
10 If This Is
12 Perch Patchwork