Golden Age, map.ache's Giegling debut, is less enamoured with the willowy sounds of its predecessors. Instead, it's sewn together with glowing chords and bold drums, taking on a hardier sound. But Jan Barich assembles his tracks sensitively, and the Jenga tower construction of "The Golden Age," featuring Mr Hirsch, is a great example. Almost nothing is set straight: the drums gallop hesitantly, the tambourines hit on the offbeats and the chords mumble forward. But the track stiffens up once it changes key, and soon sways toward its euphoric collapse.
The beat on "Message From Myself" is as agile as a ping-pong rally, and yet there's some serious weight behind the rhythm as well. The chords are tough and rubbery, and the organs sound as if they're emitting a dense gas. That and the thick digital strings of "Preyork" act as a bridge between "The Golden Age" and the rest of the EP, which Barich bathes in a pleasant ooze of reverb. Distant at first, the noirish piano of "Give Peace A Chance" encroaches on heavy-legged toms and detuned handclaps. The EP's epilogue, "You Are The Bonus," is even more striking, and revisits the Giegling habit of solemn, tear-jerking moments.