Maps, 'We Can Create' (Mute)

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We Can Create
Critical Mass
Label: mute

by Josh Modell

James Chapman's first long-player sounds like it was recorded the way Cybill Shepherd was filmed for the '80s TV show Moonlighting -- through gauzy cloth and serenely backlit. The immaculate haze makes getting close a little difficult, but beneath the layers (and past the occasionally distracting whisper-singing) sit bedroom epics reminiscent of every band on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack and the sunnier side of Spiritualized. "Lost My Soul," with its easy lyrics ("I found a love, but lost my soul") and clicky prettiness, is destined for end credits.

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