Maps & Atlases are going on tour in support of Lightlessness Is Nothing New, their first record in 6 years (out June 1 on Barsuk Records) and will be playing Cattivo on June 23.
Lightlessness is the band’s first record as a trio, and largely deals with frontman Dave Davison’s grief over the loss of his father. The lead single“Fall Apart,” which Noisey premiered and said “shows Maps & Atlases forging ahead as if they were a brand new band, allowing themselves to transpose Davison’s programmed drums into an out-and-out funk track” — is certainly the danciest track the band’s ever made and is a good indication of how the record attempts to bridge the distance between dark/grief and light/hope.
“Lightlessness seeks to exalt the beautiful things that hide in the darkness… Davison sings of confronting the fact that life is no easy task, a truth we must never let hold us back from living.” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“The lead single, ‘Fall Apart,’ shows Maps & Atlases forging ahead as if they were a brand new band, allowing themselves to transpose Davison’s programmed drums into an out-and-out funk track.” – NOISEY
“A fine set of ’80s-steeped prog-pop combining ringing guitars, bright keyboards and propulsive beats with lyrics revolving around love and loss.” – KEXP
“[Maps & Atlases] sounds refreshed and comes across more brightly than before. From sadness, solitude, and pain comes the band’s most communal album yet.” – PASSION OF THE WEISS
“‘Ringing Bell’ still sounds like classic Maps & Atlases but also sees them going in a more danceable pop direction with more electronics in the mix.” – BROOKLYN VEGAN