Album stream | Maps & Atlases - Beware and Be Grateful
We've been closely following Columbia College grads Maps & Atlases for some while now.
I previewed a couple of the band's homecoming shows in 2010. The whimsical art-pop act has also played a wide variety of gigs: Lollapalooza 2011, opening for Two Door Cinema Club, between Cults and DJ Elijah Wood. In short, these guys are hard to pigeonhole and adaptable. I could see them touring with Talking Heads, Dave Matthews Band, Tune-Yards, Fleet Foxes or Vampire Weekend.
The Chicagoans' sophomore album, Beware and Be Grateful, brings to mind all of the above, with bursts of Afrobeat guitars, chunky funk percussion and David Davison's throaty, earthy wail.
But, hey, just listen for yourself with this stream. The album is out today on Barsuk Records.