Datamaps is a four-piece band from Los Angeles, California, that began as the solo project of M. Paul Larson, a veteran of the city's east side indie scene. Larson, who cut his teeth with the "Enocore" post-rock band Strictly Ballroom in the 1990s, has played with many other artists, including Dntel, Strange Parade, and Le Switch; and was also the frontman for Athalia, The Minor Canon, and The Georgia Sand. He's also lent his talents to recordings by Beachwood Sparks, Azure Ray, Nobody, and many others. Larson rounded out the band's lineup by joining up with Steve Krowlikowski (Repeater, Fear and the Nervous System), Brent Stranathan (Near Beer) & Ben Eisen (the Minor Canon).
Datamaps exemplifies Larson's gift for exploiting well-crafted songs. The band spans multiple genres that can succinctly take the listener through a range of emotions in a two & a half minute song or patiently twist them into swarms of melancholic triumph. The band is currently working on more studio recordings for future releases. Recommended for fans of Broken Social Scene, Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, R.E.M., and The New Pornographers.