Electronic producer Maps has revealed the new video for ‘A.M.A.’, the current single and the opening track of new album, ‘Vicissitude’.
Shot in Spain and directed by Alan Masferrer, the stylish video perfectly captures the dreamy summery mood of ‘A.M.A.’.
Premiered by The Guardian yesterday, watch the ‘A.M.A.’ video here:
Maps – aka James Chapman – released his new album through Mute this week.
Listen to ‘Vicissitude’ and it’s spectral soundscapes on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/0t10034Qcr7eWPg5NRj3ej
‘A.M.A.’ is out now on limited edition hand stamped 12” exclusive to Rough Trade Shops and available on download as well. The vinyl includes remixes from Norwegian electronic songstress Susanne Sundfør (who collaborated previously with Maps and recently featured on the M83 soundtrack for the film ‘Oblivion’) as well as Dutch electronic artists Legowelt, fellow Mercury nominees The Invisible and Maps himself.
Stream The Invisible’s menacing, propulsive rework of ‘A.M.A.’ here:
While previous album ‘Turning The Mind’ swung like a hedonistic after-party held after Maps’ debut ‘We Can Create’’s Mercury Prize nomination, ‘Vicissitude’ has the distinct feeling of digging deep and confronting reality head on. And in each of those cases, with Chapman the sole creative force behind the music, any Maps album is defined entirely by where his head was at during the recording process.
‘Vicissitude’ focuses, tightens and sharpens Maps’ expansive sound. The album might have been born from a long period of self-contemplation, but maybe you do need a while to get simple answers to the difficult questions. Time to face the light.
Buy the ‘A.M.A.’ 12″ here.
Buy ‘Vicissitude’ here.
“an understated and beautiful album” 8/10 The 405
“Chapman has crafted his best album to date” The Quietus
“10 tracks of soul-bearing introspection swathed in layers of rich reverb, icy chill and ephemeral echoes of 30 years of synth pop.” Clash