March 14, 2017 |

Black Map – In Droves

Black Map – In Droves

March 14, 2017 |

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Black Map's new EP 'In Droves' is best described as eclectic and buzzy, ranging from fuzzy anger pop, to Muse-esque songs, there's a lot going on in this album.

Opening with 'Run Rabbit Run,' the album is given a solid pace, by this extremely strong track, buzzier than a beard of bees yet slick as their honey, it has a very early 2000's feel to it, brought up by a solid bridge and Ben Flanagan's voice husking alongside the heavy baseline. Sliding into ruin, the album continues the early noughties feel with heavier guitars and a far, funkier yet intimidating baseline which keeps the pace nice and solid through the entire song giving it an, almost creepy feeling to it.

Dissolving into the incredibly experimental 'Longbranch' which is by far the best track on the album, the fairly solid pace is brought down into echoing guitars and eerie vocals which is oh-so-creepy, which combined with their experimental use of sounds within this song, definitely gives me a mental image that aliens are coming for us, and combined with lyrics such as 'a dead ringer for the living', there's definitely some sinister undertones here! 'Octavia' gives the album a heavier twist , combined with their Muse meets Bring Me the Horizon meets Keane musings.