Sophisticated pop music is the specialty of Chicago-native group Maps & Atlases. The individuals behind the latest work, Beware And Be Grateful, are Dave Davison, Shiraz Dada, Chris Hainey, and Erin Elders. The signature sound of Maps & Atlases on this album is a blend of obscure and polished pop. “Winter,” a track off of the current record, is a perfectly upbeat display of all of the elements that this band can bring to the table. The band is set to play at Glasslands in Brooklyn on May 19, Webster Hall in NYC on May 21, and Union Transfer in Philly on May 22.
Maps & Atlases: Proficient In Pop
—by Alessandra Donnelly, May 16, 2012