[22 November 2011]
Melbourne, Australia’s Francis Plagne has entered an actual recording studio for the first time in his career and emerged with a more song-oriented and less experimental affair than his two previous full-lengths. With a nod or two to McCartney to help things go down easy, Plagne nevertheless has created one unique sounding album. Tenth Volume of Maps is pop enough to be palatable, but experimental enough to keep everything interesting and unpredictable. It includes a number of memorable tracks, namely “Spun Six Circles”, “Row Oarsman, Row” and “Features”. The nearly 10-minute “Yesterday Sponge” recalls Plagne’s more experimental side, but without betraying the song-driven vibe found elsewhere.