"Maps," a brand new single from L.A.'s OYLS, comes complete with a morale-boosting mix of snowy, Bon Iver-ish intro and pre-chorus vocals, groovy walk 'n snap verses, and a chorus that feels like a Super Star-powered first place ride along Rainbow Road where all of your worries fall into the never-ending abyss below you. It's an explosion of electronic liberation that everyone needs to hear.
OYLS is David Kirshenbaum, a former corporate consultant, and Michael Lipp, a failed strip club DJ -- two guys who clearly know what it's like to grind out those stressful young adult years of career-centered uncertainty and have used that perspective in crafting their music. Lipp has explained how "Maps" was born from a post-college transitional period, so I'm sure he'd second my assertion that "We've got nothin' to hold on to, we've got nothin' to respond to / It's alright" should be plastered on posters above the entrance to every college student's dorm room. Words to live by.
The track was created, recorded, and produced in Kirshenbaum’s parents' dining room with a single microphone, homemade drum sets, and a laptop. How cool is that? Almost as cool as the fact that they make a point to advertise their love for rabbits and mac and cheese on Twitter.