SUPERTOYS LAST ALL SUMMER LONG


MAPS
November 13, 2009, 1:50 am
Filed under: Album Reviews, Album Reviews: Noted Artists | Tags: , , , ,

maps-turning-the-mind

MAPS
TURNING THE MIND
MUTE

James Chapman’s ‘nu-gaze’ debut charmed absolutely. Cathedralic synths, pretty melodies and the astral wake of processed guitars, each and all kissed by Chapman’s diaphanous vocals.

While its sequel stops to absorb house beats and eighties electronica as a variation to soft-focus distortion, Turning the mind is essentially a re-run, grounded in the same simplistically wispy formula which isn’t quite so enchanting or such a cherishable entity when repeated all but verbatim.

Whilst Chapman never had much use for diversity, to endure with such unembellished duplication renders his template one-note, plain and facile, stagnant even. The unrelenting loveliness is sickly, like being suffocated with a candy-floss pillow. Part of the problem is the omnipresence of Chapman’s voice, amalgamating the songs into one big synthy mass.

Even the floor-fillers retain a vaporous consistency. Serviceable as they are, the mood is vaguely passive and what with the shaggy dog composition, creaky dynamics and borrowed ideas it’s when the album sounds most like the work of a bedroom producer, more so than at any point during his DIY debut. Nevertheless, the appealing melodies remain and there seems no shortage of majesty, so fans should find that a warm bed of familiarity awaits them. John Calvert

6/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘TURNING THE MIND’, ‘EVERYTHING IS SHATTERING’, THE NOTE (THESE VOICES).
FOR FANS OF: M83, ASOBI SEKSU, DAFT PUNK

Advertisements

Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



%d bloggers like this: