Recommended by us on 13th July 2012.
When Three Mile Pilot – the legendary Southern California trio that spawned Pinback and The Black Heart Procession – returned to active duty in 2010 with The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten, it ended a 13-year silence from the band. The album was amazing, and the hope was we wouldn’t have to wait another dozen years for more. The brand new Maps EP delivers on the evolution of The Inevitable Past, but also finds the group returning to some of their exploratory roots in a unique and refreshing way. Maps opens with Three Mile Pilot’s most triumphant song to date, the towering “Long Way Up.” From there the band employs tasteful use of guitars, synths and deep grooves to navigate their pleasantly adventurous waters over the course of 20 all-too-brief minutes. Traditionally EPs serve as stop-gaps between albums, often a collection of toss-offs and leftover b-sides. Maps rejects this notion as it’s filled with some of the strongest songs in Three Mile Pilot’s remarkable 20-year history. // “A small, well-earned triumph.” – Pitchfork // “A welcome return.” – PopMatters // “This serves as a perfect example of why we missed them so damn much in the first place.” – Rock Sound //
1. Long Way Up (4:12) 2. Wires (3:57) 3. This Escape (3:59) 4. Blu (3:47) 5. Birdy (3:34)
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