What I Heard This Morning: Sleep Maps

The Sleep Maps, a New York City post-rock band revolving around the more paranoid and militaristic aspects of classic science fiction, are putting out an independently produced album, Fiction Makes The Future, which was performed solely by Sleep Map, Ben Kaplan.  The band's first single, "Men Against The Stars," has premiered online alongside a teaser trailer for the album.

NYC post-metal band Sleep Maps premiere first track from forthcoming album via Prefix Mag

Click image above to watch album teaser video

New York City post-metal band Sleep Maps premiere the first track from their forthcoming album today via Prefix Mag. The song "Men Against The Stars" is culled from the quartet's retro-futurism inspired concept album,
Fiction Makes The Future and is available to stream/download HERE. Check out an album teaser video HERE.

Sleep Maps play a handful of New York area shows this spring before embarking on a more extensive tour in support of the album. Please see current dates below.

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 will be available on limited edition CD and download May 1st, 2012.

04/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
04/24 New York, NY @ The Delancey - CD Release show
05/10 New York, NY @ Local 629


Artist: Sleep Maps
Fiction Makes The Future
Label: Sleep Maps 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

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