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Maps | Counter Melodies (2023)


Rather than mount a rigorous tour to support his 2019 semi-orchestral opus, Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss., James Chapman turned instead to DJing as a way to coax new ideas into his music. The English musician – who operates under the name Maps – has over the years established himself as something of a creative multi-tool: a singer, songwriter… AllMusic
…fifth studio album release. The new album, drops via Mute on February 10, 2023, and features “the fastest, most intensely euphoric pieces that Chapman has ever produced”. “I’ve always used music as a way of escape,” explains Chapman, “When I sit down and put my headphones on, I am able to go somewhere else.” The new 10-track album, the follow up to 2019’s Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss., is an upbeat and uplifting escape from the dystopian… Northern Transmissions

Maps: Counter Melodies

…news flow. Initial ideas for Counter Melodies began to form in the wake of Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. Chapman chose not to tour the album beyond a few shows, instead he found himself DJing a lot towards the end of 2019 “I was enjoying making my own tracks and playing them in my DJ sets,” he says. “It’s like a comedian trying out new material. I really liked the idea of tracks flowing into one another, like a continuous DJ set. As soon as that idea was in my head, I just worked really hard to make it happen.”

1. Witchy Feel (5:00)
2. Heya Yaha (4:17)
3. Thru Lights (4:45)
4. Psyche (5:15)
5. Windows Open (5:19)
6. Transmission (5:17)
7. Lack Of Sleep (6:34)
8. Valentine (3:32)
9. Fever Dream (4:26)
10. My Love Is Like (4:48)



Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.92 x 5.59 x 0.16 inches; 1.76 Ounces
Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Mute
Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2023
Label ‏ : ‎ Mute
Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1

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