On his fourth and latest LP Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss., James Kenneth Chapman (aka Maps) turns in his most ambitious release yet. The Mercury Prize-nominated composer/producer employs orchestral backing, female vocals, and varied percussion to craft an album inspired by the "peaceful, isolated Northamptonshire countryside beyond the window of his studio."
Today's featured track is a dreamy soundscape that morphs into classic Maps — sounding like something left off the Lost in Translation soundtrack. Chapman says via a press release:
The opening of the track is resonant of a simpler time — as the song progresses I was pushing for a euphoric escape with the music, with an undercurrent of uncertainty from the lyrics. It gives a taste of the overall sound and themes of the album
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is "Clovers" by Barrie, from the 2019 album Happy to Be Here on Winspear Records.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Shape" by Julia Shapiro, from the 2019 album Perfect Version on Hardly Art.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Still Exist" by Necking, from the 2019 album Cut Your Teeth on Mint Records.