Thu 8 Apr 2010
I could never write about my brother’s band The Map Room objectively, but am sharing it anyway because I thought it might strike a chord with some of you. Simon Gooding and Brendon Morrow’s music is full of layers; voice, grand piano, guitar, bass, drums, synth and occasionally mandolin. The five songs they’ve recorded for an EP have them sharing vocal duties, with Simon’s voice a high floaty contrast to Brendon’s lower grittier voice. The best friends met at the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) in Byron Bay a few years ago when they were assigned as roommates. They became fast friends and have collaborated in various forms ever since, including playing in Reb Fountain‘s band The Bandits with Dylan Storey and Sam Prebble. Making use of their audio engineering skills (Simon was the Head Engineer at York Street Studios and Brendon did sound work for TV), they combine their love of well-constructed pop songs with embellished instrumentation. Titled in part because of their current travels in South America (the photo above is from the Salt Flats in Bolivia) the duo’s music is sculptural and delicate. ‘Pilot’ is my favourite; a dreamy pop song sprinkled with synths so light and airy they sound like they’re floating high above you, with vocals equally sky-high.