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We Can Create

Maps Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000NA2UG4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. It Will Find You 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Don't Fear 6:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. When You Leave 6:070.99  Buy MP3 


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MAPS (aka Northampton-born James Chapman) delivers his debut album, recently shortlisted as a NATIONWIDE MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE Album of the year.

A bedroom genius in the truest of senses, the other-worldly atmospherics of Maps are even more amazing for the fact he recorded the whole album without computers, preferring the painstaking process of splicing sounds together on his battered 16 track recorder in his Northamptonshire bedroom. The results were subsequently co-produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bonnie `Prince' Billy, Bjork) and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Hope Of The States).

A hugely ambitious, widescreen and epic record that recalls everything from the far away electronics of Basic Channel and Carl Craig, through the skewed songwriting of Postal Service, Flaming Lips and Grandaddy to the euphoric sound-scapes of Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine, We Can Create is a work of heart stopping extremes.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful 21 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is gorgeous.
I bought it on impulse and have been listening to it nonstop.
I actually think it deserves 5 stars, but since I've only had it for 3 days it probably wouldn't be fair to give it 5.
I come from a Sigur Rós, Mogwai, Muse, Radiohead, Mew, 65daysofstatic... music background and I found this to be really refreshing and uplifting, but not in a cheesy way.
I especially love the song 'Liquid Sugar', but there is really not a single weak or even average track.
Can't wait for the next album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Maps : We Can Create was short listed for the 2007 Mercury music prize but didn't win it as some band from somewhere cooler than Northampton (Just about anywhere then) and with far more interesting haircuts won it instead . This is one of those albums I have been meaning to listen to but never found the time as I was too busy listening to other things that seemed far more diverting. I regret that now because having eventually got around to listening to We Can Create I really like it. It reminds me , and I realise I am not being especially cognisant in saying this, of many of the shoe gazing* bands of the early nineties. This is a good thing as I really quite enjoyed some of them and this album while harking back to that scene is not entirely derivative either. Bear with me while i do something academic*"Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze or shoegazer; practitioners referred to as shoegazers) is a genre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s, lasting until the mid 1990s. The shoegazing sound featured extensive use of guitar effects, and indistinguishable vocal melodies that blended into the creative noise of the guitars."
(Adapted from Wikipedia)
So how does it differ from say My Bloody Valentine, to whom it has been most frequently compared? Well for a start Maps are like a shoe gaze version of The Streets, in this case James Chapman in his bedroom with lots of dreadfully complicated stuff. Using electronics rather than more traditional organic six stringed instrumentation Chapman manages to craft aurally compelling vistas that while using the quiet/loud template of his peers have a dynamic integrity of their own. Plus he can write good enough songs with which to drape his sounds capes over.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What do British indie stars do in their bedrooms? 20 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Sleep, shag, and make Mercury Prize-nominated albums, that's what. James Chapman aka Maps made the bulk of his aptly-titled debut LP We Can Create on an old 16-track recorder squeezed into his flat in Northampton, England. That's right, with noisy old instruments and ne'er a computer in sight. The neighbors must've kicked up murder.

What type of music had the Jones's banging on the wall? An updated version of "shoegaze", don't you know. That bookish older brother of a genre from the early 90s that championed droning guitars, whispery voices, trippy lyrics, and floppy fringes.

Shoegaze strove to create a specific feeling. Namely, that of being off your head on drugs. In a quiet, let's-not-attract-the-barman's-attention kind of way.

Chief purveyors of this performance-enhanced music in the 90s were My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, and Chapman's closest descendent Spacemen 3. They followed in the footsteps of the world's first shoegazer, John Lennon. He tried his damndest to replicate an acid trip with Tomorrow Never Knows. The result was out of this world. And he had a floppy fringe.

Chapman (no relation to Mark) has given us Shoegaze 3.0. A refit that maintains the genre's mood of low-key psychedelia. He's kept the breathy vocals, angelic aahs, and kiss-the-sky mantras. But the droning guitars are gone. Replaced by a universe of atmospheric electronics, including buzzing synths, trip-hop drums, and the odd Namlook-esque space bleep. In other words, ShoeRave.

Album centrepoint To The Sky winds into being like a musical jewellery box.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloddy lovely 9 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
A cross between Beloved (from the original summer of love, '89, natch), Aqualung and some kind of blissed out David Arnold, this is simply too bloody nice... Eloise is a corker - hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention... heartbreaking, uplifting, Maps is the real deal. Park your car up on the forest at sunset, crank it and weep
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamlike 27 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
We Can Create by Maps is a swirling, swaggering, modern shoe-gazing classic and, by the power of Greyskull, it is growing on this eager punter with every listen. I appreciate the fact that We Can Create was created and written in the Northampton bedroom of someone called James because its euphoric, insouciant swagger suggests a more epic origin. I forced my MP3 player's headphones deep into my ears ce matin, cranked the volume up to onze and shook to this album as I did the weekly shop at the Coles' supermarché of choice. Against the backdrop of these dreamlike and evocative numbers, selecting the appropriate detergent proved a joy. Well done!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say
This album is so good I have played it over and over again. Elouise is my favourite track. Please buy this album Maps is a real find.
Published 3 months ago by keitmort
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Album.
The swirling vocals and many layered backings make this a hypnotic and addictive set of music. Much of the backing music follows the main lyrical melody - making much of this... Read more
Published on 17 July 2009 by Stewart M
5.0 out of 5 stars How Shoegaze should have been
I think many people don't quite understand Maps. James Chapman allegedly spearheaded the Nu Gaze movement, but this suggests he's producing walls of sound, droning space rock and... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2009 by Mr. T. Ainslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
If this album gets its soft claws into you it will never let go. There is not one track on it that I skip, unlike every other album I own. Be warned; can be extremely addictive. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2008 by A. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant electro-noodling
Romantic in the sense of elegiac or idyllic other-worldliness; pastoral in its undulating restfulness. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2008 by A. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Glittering Whispered Beauty
A glittering treat of a record in amongst some of the mud of the year. Not at all what I expected when I bought it. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2008 by Christopher Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful on one level, intense on another
This album is mind twisting. I mean that in the best possible way. The multilayered songs wash through you. Some songs are deep and enigmatic in nature (esp; When you leave). Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2007 by W. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars slow incandescence
The sticker on the album cover has a Guardian review which says 'A joy from start to finish'. And that isn't even hype - for a change it's just simply true. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2007 by Dr. Robert A. Josey
3.0 out of 5 stars Too sweet
Having bought this album on the strength of the standout track It Will Find You, I found the rest of the album just slightly disappointing. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2007 by Marchespie
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