Mercury-nominated UK composer/producer MAPS shares an inspired new version of ‘Both Sides’ – Listen Now

MAPS announces fourth album 'COLOURS. REFLECT. TIME. LOSS' - Listen to track

Mercury-nominated UK composer/producer Maps shares an inspired new version of ‘Both Sides’ from his anticipated fourth album ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ to be released on the 10th May 2019 through Mute. Maps has reworked tracks from the forthcoming album as ‘Thematic Variations’, to be released throughout the album campaign.

Commenting on the new version Maps reveals:

“While recording the album I was pushing to create a full and expansive sound wherever possible. That was always my overall aim. With the Thematic Variations, I wanted to show a different aspect to the songs. They are not remixes as such, more like instrumental variations on the original song. My focus was on bringing the orchestral arrangements to the front and stripping back the drums as a starting point. It felt like an interesting way to show a different side to the tracks. ‘Both Sides’ is a song about the complex relationship between appearance and reality, and this duality fed into the theme of showing another ‘side’ to the song. So it was an obvious choice to work on for the first Thematic Variation.”

Listen to ‘Both Sides (Thematic Variation)’ – BELOW:

Maps returns to play live at the following UK dates:

24th May – Sea Change Festival, Totnes – Tickets
1st June – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes – Tickets
27th June – Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – Tickets
3rd July – Southbank Centre Purcell Room, London – Tickets

‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ is a career-defining, ambitious album that sees the bedroom producer step out of the bedroom with his most collaborative project to date. The stunning, immersive and impressionistic songs, scored and produced by Maps himself, are inspired by an orchestral approach and by the rolling Northamptonshire countryside beyond the window of his studio, which provides peace, isolation and inspiration.

Three years in the making, ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ is informed by the richness of life experience. It is an album he could only have made now and one that represents a creative reinvention for Maps.

Both Sides
Howl Around
Just Reflecting
She Sang To Me
The Plans We Made
New Star
You Exist In Everything

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