The original material for Mr. Maps’ songs was created for founder Chris Perren's honours thesis, through a process of recording improvised jams, then cutting and combining those sounds into new works. The result was a very organic texture punctuated by electronic glitches and cuts, bridging the gap between the folktronica of Four Tet and the grand post-rock sounds of Mogwai or Sigur Ros.
With the completion of this material, Mr. Maps exploded into a 5-piece band, re-working Perren’s original tunes with each member contributing their own creative personality to the songs.
In September they entered the studio to record these revisioned works, deliberately employing a technique completely opposite to how the original material was written. The new recordings were executed together as a band in single-takes, with no click-tracks and very little editing or overdubs. This really captured the energy and spontaneity of Mr. Maps’ live show.
“Mimicry of Lines and Light” is a double EP which will embody both sides of the Mr. Maps coin. Mimicry of Lines and Light contains two versions each of 5 songs. The "Lines" disc consists of studio recordings of the band tracked "live" with Stephen Bartlett; and the "Lights" disc contains the original cut-up-technique compositions of those same songs. The final result is 2 discs with contrasting versions of the same 5 tracks.
released February 7, 2009
Recorded & Mixed by Stephen Bartlett
Mastered by Jack the Bear
Chris Perren, Andrew White, Nick Smethurst, Chloe Cooper, Sangdae Yang.
Recorded by Ryan Murray and Chris Perren
Edited and Mixed and by Chris Perren
Mastered by lofly
Chris Perren, Sangdae Yang, Briony Luttrell, Shem Allen, Hikaru Sugimoto,