How to enjoy Mapmaker in three easy steps:
ONE: Place CD into stereo and walk to middle of room, taking remote control with you. You’ll have to ensure that the centre of the room is free of any breakables, and heavy furniture that you could stub a toe or bump an elbow against.
TWO: Lift left foot up and place sole against inside of right thigh. Hold remote control in right hand and point at stereo. Slowly raise left hand towards the ceiling (please ensure that any chandeliers are removed before this point, as showers of shattered glass are generally to be avoided) and, once your arm can stretch no higher, click ‘play’ and spin rapidly on the spot to the opening drums and drums and drums and more DRUMS of ‘Fractured Skies’.
THREE: Fall over once the vocals hit and laugh ‘til you piss your pants. Wait ‘til song finishes, pause CD and repeat steps one and two, substituting ‘Fractured Skies’ for ‘Brighter Days’, and ‘Vision Of Repair’, and so on and so forth until all twelve of these smiley dance-rocking numbers – think Lightning Bolt with vocals and added disco sass (sorta); they’ve proper choruses is what we’re saying – have come to an end. What you do next is up to you. Make a cup of tea, maybe?
Or, to skip any physical injuries: Brooklyn’s Parts & Labor’s second album for Jagjaguwar and the Brah imprint (owned by Oneida, yeah) is way more fun than any so-called fun traditional (i.e. heard-it-before dull) indie fun and games presently doing the rounds. It’s the sort of record that’ll brighten your most miserable of days, and it’ll do it oh my noisily. That they’ve toured with Spank Rock, An Albatross and The Hidden Cameras_ should tell you something: this is a quality band’s band of the utmost quality, and if you’re yet to experience them, let Mapmaker be your gateway to a summer of limb-flailing, teeth-baring, living room-shredding excellence.
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