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Considering that there have been more than a few changes in James Chapman's music since We Can Create, the electro-shoegaze of his debut album as Maps, his third album, Vicissitude, is aptly named. Chapman ramped up his ambition on 2009's intricate, conceptual Turning the Mind, almost to the point where he seemed trapped in those songs' inner workings. Here, things are much more streamlined, whether on the sparkling single "A.M.A." -- which serves as a potent reminder that Chapman's music owes as much or more to New Order as it does to My Bloody Valentine -- or the title track's looping arrangement, which continues the more overtly electronic trend in his work. Much like his Mute labelmate Junip, Maps excels at songs that are thoughtful and stealthily catchy, and Vicissitude boasts some of Chapman's clearest-eyed songwriting yet. As on Turning the Mind, mental and emotional states are of paramount importance, but now Chapman seems more grounded in dealing with life's vicissitudes. He sounds equally comfortable singing the praises of enduring things on "Built to Last" as he does accepting loss on "Left Behind," and there's a uniquely reassuring quality to songs like "You Will Find a Way" and "This Summer," where Chapman repeats the chorus "forgive yourself" like a mantra. The dreamy fog of Maps' first two albums resurfaces on "Nicholas" and "Adjusted to the Darkness," which rivals Spiritualized's finest moments in its mix of vulnerability and majesty. However, even Vicissitude's most expansive tracks aren't pushy, and in its own subtle way the album delivers on the promise and intentions of Turning the Mind.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
A.M.A.
00:04:29

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

2
Built to Last
00:06:13

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

3
You Will Find a Way
00:06:17

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

4
I Heard Them Say
00:04:28

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

5
Nicholas
00:06:36

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

6
Vicissitude
00:03:38

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

7
Left Behind
00:05:06

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

8
This Summer
00:05:04

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

9
Insignificant Others
00:05:55

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

10
Adjusted to the Darkness
00:06:06

Maps, MainArtist - James Chapman, Composer

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by James Chapman under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Ltd

11
A.M.A (Susanne Sundfor Remix)
00:04:14

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

12
Built To Last (Maps Remix)
00:06:18

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

13
You Will Find A Way (Mercia Remix)
00:08:02

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

14
A.M.A. (The Invisible Remix)
00:05:51

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

15
As I Can See
00:05:54

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

16
A.M.A (Legowelt Remix)
00:06:36

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

17
You Will Find A Way (Maps Remix)
00:06:27

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

18
A.M.A. (Moonraider Remix)
00:04:30

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

19
You Will Find A Way (Polly Scattergood Remix)
00:05:33

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

20
Disconnect (Demo)
00:04:10

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

21
You Will Find A Way (Fuzzy Saboteur Remix)
00:05:29

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

22
A.M.A. (Maps Remix)
00:07:13

Maps, MainArtist

2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited 2014 James Chapman under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

Album Description

Considering that there have been more than a few changes in James Chapman's music since We Can Create, the electro-shoegaze of his debut album as Maps, his third album, Vicissitude, is aptly named. Chapman ramped up his ambition on 2009's intricate, conceptual Turning the Mind, almost to the point where he seemed trapped in those songs' inner workings. Here, things are much more streamlined, whether on the sparkling single "A.M.A." -- which serves as a potent reminder that Chapman's music owes as much or more to New Order as it does to My Bloody Valentine -- or the title track's looping arrangement, which continues the more overtly electronic trend in his work. Much like his Mute labelmate Junip, Maps excels at songs that are thoughtful and stealthily catchy, and Vicissitude boasts some of Chapman's clearest-eyed songwriting yet. As on Turning the Mind, mental and emotional states are of paramount importance, but now Chapman seems more grounded in dealing with life's vicissitudes. He sounds equally comfortable singing the praises of enduring things on "Built to Last" as he does accepting loss on "Left Behind," and there's a uniquely reassuring quality to songs like "You Will Find a Way" and "This Summer," where Chapman repeats the chorus "forgive yourself" like a mantra. The dreamy fog of Maps' first two albums resurfaces on "Nicholas" and "Adjusted to the Darkness," which rivals Spiritualized's finest moments in its mix of vulnerability and majesty. However, even Vicissitude's most expansive tracks aren't pushy, and in its own subtle way the album delivers on the promise and intentions of Turning the Mind.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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