In a musical landscape pitted with pop stars and pigeonholes, Maps & Atlases defy easy categorization, choosing to walk their own incomparable path. Beware and be grateful builds upon the Chicago-based band’s acclaimed Barsuk debut, perch patchwork, melding their trademark experimentalism with a more direct — though no less beguiling — songcraft. The new album abounds with invention, spanning hymnal harmonies, percolating rhythms, even, in the case of centerpiece track silver self, a full-on guitar solo. Songs like remote and dark years and winter are gloriously liquid and lyrical, channeling M&A’s maximalist creativity into a truly inviting brand of boundary-busting, asymmetrical pop.

 

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Crew

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Director: Sam Alder

Producer: Sam Alder / Toby Potter

Cameras: Luke Bather, Nathan Bather, Jim Lynch, Rosanna Freedman, Paul Maloney

Audio: WR Audio