Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NYC band Sleep Maps issue poignant protest video via Consequence of Sound, release debut album

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New York City band Sleep Maps premiere a new video from their debut album today via Consequence of Sound. The clip, for album closer "Last Future" is especially poignant in light of this week's May Day protests as well as in generally considering the power of organized revolt. Watch video HERE

Sleep Maps' heavy, psychedelic, droning and rhythmic catharsis fills the quartet's retro-futurism inspired concept album, Fiction Makes The Future which is available this week by download and on limited edition CD.

The Onion AV Club profiled the band in this month's Loud column with the album track "Men Against The Stars" which originally premiered via Prefix Mag: stream/download HERE. Stream/download the full album HERE.

Sleep Maps is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Ben Kaplan, who performed all of the instruments on Fiction Makes The Future. The band has since expanded to a full 4-piece lineup, playing its aggressive yet atmospheric songs live with poignant visual projections. The band first formed in Los Angeles, before Kaplan picked up a moved to NYC, recording the album on his own prior to finding musicians suited to the task. 

A reaction to the present world and a vision of a lost future, Fiction Makes the Future brings the listener back in time to imagine a reality that might have been. Set against a backdrop of ambient synthscapes, crushing guitar builds and explosive drumming, the album tries to make sense of man's deep seated desire to know his future. Disembodied voices from luminaries of many ages intermingle with echoing guitar leads, soaked in the reverb of outer space, and distorted bass lines that rumble in the low end like the jets of an Apollo spacecraft, blurring the line between traditional post-rock and a new kind of sci-fi instrumental rock.

Fiction Makes The Future was recorded in the woods of Delaware over 3 weeks in October 2011. The 5-song, 40-plus minute album was produced, performed and mixed by Ben Kaplan. It is available on limited edition CD and download as of May 1st, 2012.

05/09   Brooklyn, NY @ Trash Bar

Artist: Sleep Maps
Album: Fiction Makes The Future
Label: Lost Future Music
Release Date: May 1st, 2012

01. Men Against The Stars (MP3)
02. The Eternal Wanderer
03. Forbidden Light
04. A Greater Fire
05. Last Future (VIDEO)

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