Exclusive premiere: Life Size Maps ‘Parasol Life’

Like the recently elevated Future Islands, Life Size Maps are one of those bands that everyone will be really happy for when they hit it big. Formed back in the halcyon days of 2011, they’ve been pounding the pavement ever since, playing show after show and making friend after friend in the dirty warehouses and sweaty clubs of New York. (Full disclosure: I am one of said friends. It took a while to win me over, but they did.)

Taken from LSM’s self-titled “re-debut,” which is due out April 7 on Old Flame Records, “Parasol Life” is a fine example of their self-described “glitch pop.” Charmingly nerdy frontman Mike McKeever gives off definite Postal Service vibes as he sings about taking the road less traveled in his sensitive, nasal voice while sparkly 8-bit sounds pop and explode. It’s likely to appeal to anyone who likes early aughts emo like Jimmy Eat World, Saves the Day, or the aforementioned Postal Service, but there’s also something Ben Folds-y about McKeever’s wistful imagery and drawn out phrasing. Most importantly, it’s catchy; I walked to the bathroom in the middle of writing this post and was still humming the chorus when I came back.

“This is a song for everyone who wore all black in high school and wanted to stray from the narrow path of the ‘parasol life,'” says McKeever of the song, which as it turns out, is not about cosplay. “Blocking out the rain blocks out the sunlight too.” Emo kids, meet your new hero.

Random fact: their album art and this music video were both created by Lil’ Internet, the guy who invented seapunk. But don’t let that scare you away.

Photo: Kevin Thornton