Mercury-nominated UK composer/producer Maps shares new track ‘Both Sides’, taken from his anticipated fourth album ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ to be released on the 10th May 2019 through Mute. Watch the video of ‘Both Sides’ (single edit) below.
‘Both Sides’ was written and recorded in Maps’ studio with Brussels-based ensemble Echo Collective performing the string and brass arrangements, and Matt Kelly providing the driving drums. Drawing some influence from his love of the Italian composers of 60’s and 70’s soundtracks, Maps was interested in blending the use of electronic sounds with a range of live instruments. There are two sides to a story, just as there are two sides to this song and the second half is a swirling, euphoric instrumental arrangement, pushing ever upwards into a blissful, kaleidoscopic ending.
Commenting on the new track Maps reveals:
“The difference between appearance and reality can sometimes be complex, and I wanted to explore that relationship on ‘Both Sides’. It was one of the first tracks that I scored arrangements for while making the album. I wanted the song to build slowly throughout, and for the orchestral instrumentation to really shine in the second half of the song. It was a joy to make!”
Maps adds the following UK dates to his Southbank Centre Purcell Room show on 3rd July:
24th May – Sea Change Festival, Totnes
1st June – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
27th June – Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
3rd July – Southbank Centre Purcell Room, London