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Maps & Atlases formed in the fall of 2004 when the founding members met in art school at Columbia College Chicago. Shiraz Dada (bass), Chris Hainey (drums), Dave Davison (guitar/vocals), and Erin Elders (guitar) first came together trying to find a sound that was both technical and organic, in the same vein as their influences Don Caballero and Hella.

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B003V6LOOQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Will
2. The Charm
3. Living Decorations
4. Solid Ground
5. Is
6. Israeli Caves
7. Banished Be Cavalier
8. Carrying the Wet Wood
9. Pigeon
10. If This Is
11. Was
12. Perch Patchwork

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Maps & Atlases are a four-piece band from Chicago and
'Perch Patchwork' (a few EPs aside) is their debut album.

Dave Davision sings and plays guitar; Erin Elders plays
guitar as well; Shiraz Dada (!) deploys the bass and
Chris Hainey manages the drums. There are twelve tracks
in the collection which kept me amused, intrigued and
entertained in equal measure from top to tail.

The musical material is conjured from juddering percussion
patterns and jangly syncopated guitar motifs to which the
band have clearly given much thought and attention. This
is not to say that the resultant sounds lack warmth or
spontanaiety; on the contrary there is a rather charming
home-made, almost folksy, thread running through the project.

Mr Davison has an interesting voice. His prominent nasal
"twang" brings a distinctive quality to his performances.
Broadly speaking he is a baritone but also posesses the
capacity to reach some pretty impressive falsetto notes
when he becomes excited!

Of the compositions at our disposal I particularly enjoyed
'Israeli Caves', a song full of glistening shafts of sunlight
and warm vocal harmonies. Mr Hainey's drumming, both here and
elsewhere, is particularly impressive. He gives good paradiddle!

'Living Decorations' is a jolly little number which judders
along on the back of a tight machine-like rhythmic arrangement.
The vibrant energy eventually melts down into an almost delicate
musical-box coda. A fine balance between fragility and raw power.

'Banished Be Cavalier' is another complex but good-natured song
which has a strangely old-fashioned melody at its heart.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hoyte on 11 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Maps and Atlases are little known, but maybe that makes them even better. This album is brilliantly clever, catchy and musically genius.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best album of 2010 26 July 2010
By Ryan Taylor - Published on
While Perch Patchwork is quite a departure from their first two EPs, Maps and Atlases have crafted a wonderful tapestry that, while not shying away from their earlier work, charts new territory with the introduction of different sonic elements, exhibiting maturation in musicianship and song writing that should please current fans while drawing interest from those who desire unique and interesting alternatives to what passes for independent voices these days.

This is, by far, my favorite album of 2010.
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"No one lives here anymore": A breath of fresh air 21 Dec. 2011
By NRW - Published on
"Perch Patchwork" is Chicago's Maps & Atlases first full length LP and it doesn't disappoint. The main appeal of this album is in its uniqueness. Anyone familiar with Maps & Atlases previous EPs knows that their music is mathy; it is riddled with nimble guitar-tapping melodies and complex rhythms. Part of the greatness of "Perch Patchwork" is that it retains a lot of this amazing technicality, while being very accessible and organic feeling. They lyrical content of the album is a beast of its own, and I cannot do them justice in a review because they speak for themselves.

Not only does the album flow well (i.e. Will/The Charm/Living Decorations), but it examines certain musical themes that can be heard throughout the album. "Perch Patchwork" ebbs and flows. It swells so naturally, perhaps the greatest example being the beautiful title track, that the album becomes almost addicting to listen to. Granted, it took me a few listens before "Perch Patchwork" revealed all of its glory to me, but it gets better with every listen.

Buy this album to experience some of the most interesting, and crazy, folk inspired mathy indie rock out there. But even this genre label doesn't define their music--the best way to find out is to listen! I highly recommend listening to the song "Pigeon" to get an idea of what Maps & Atlases is all about. However, listening to any other song will do. They are all phenomenal.

Lastly I have to note that these guys have incredible live shows. They have an almost uncanny level of precision and great energy live. Maps & Atlases is truly talented and onto something special. I don't think they're going to stop making music anytime soon...I can safely say this is my favorite album of 2010, and still is at the close of 2011.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Maps and Awsomeness 5 Aug. 2011
By Jarrett - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Unbridled individualism lies within each member of Maps and Atlases. With them combined, a synergistic effect of true passion and talent makes for some amazing music. As with most great albums, Perch Patchwork did not fully hit me until the 4th or 5th listen through, and when it did, it was pretty sweet, but also, pretty cool.
surprisingly good! 27 July 2011
By Todd Ebert - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard some of these songs on my daughter's mp3 playlist, and thought,
"Hey, there is actually some good songwriting and musicianship going on here!".
Some artists who I am reminded of while listening include Steve Reich (the almost minimalist
sounding "Perch Patchwork", The Band (this band rocks, but their spirit seems folksy and down to earth),
Paul Simon (some of the clever lyrics), and King Sunny Ade
(for the complex nonlinear rhythms that permeate throughout the music).
I also hear elements of Jewish and Spanish folk music.
My daughter calls them an "Indie band", and I suppose that seems appropriate, given how their sound
seems to lack better categorization, which is something I'm always looking for in a band.
Some of the best bands (the Butthole Surfers, Meat Puppets, Sonic Youth, and Nirvana come to mind) get overlooked
because their sound defies category.

Anyways, listening prompted me to buy this recording, which for me seems a rarity, given that most of what
I buy is in the classical/jazz/world-music vein. The recording seems a bit short (about 38 minutes), but
what did get recorded sounds fresh and worth many listens.

Maps and Atlases seems to have a unique and interesting voice within the realm of rock music. And I've always
wondered why so few bands actually succeed at this, when rock is supposed to be synonymous with rebellion and
change. Instead, it seems 95% imitation, with M&A falling in that rare 5%. One obvious reason in this case is
that Maps and Atlases has much talent, and have learned well the crafts of songwriting and playing their

In the age of free and/or 99 cent downloads, I still prefer to spend more on a cd and fully support a
deserving band or artist.
Technical and Passionate 22 April 2012
By Kid Yellow - Published on
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Often times very technical bands overlook passion and solid songwriting. Maps & Atlases is an exception. They showcase their ability to create highly technical and interesting music that is very listenable and easy to appreciate!
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