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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - KEVIN COURT­NEY

We Can Cre­ate Mute It seems that ev­ery bed­room in Chris­ten­dom harbours a frus­trated muso who wants noth­ing more than to get his unique, down­beat elec­tronic pop sound heard by the rest of the world. Northamp­ton bof­fin James Chap­man has spent count­less hours mop­ing around in his bed­room be­ing de­pressed, so he’s cer­tainly paid his emo­tional dues. The re­sult is an album that floats somwhere be­tween OMD’s ar­chi­tec­tural pop and Aphex Twin’s twisted elec­tro, but never seems to settle on a solid tune or idea. It sel­dom en­gages emo­tion­ally with the world, pre­fer­ring to stay safely be­hind a frosty glass shield. Pro­ducer Val­geir Sig­urds­son and mixer Ken Thomas, who be­tween them have worked with Björk and Sigur Rós, bring the req­ui­site chill to the sound, but songs such as It Will Find You, Glory Verse and When You Leave tend to drag on a bit and leave you a lit­tle cold. www.mapsmu­sic.com

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