Hello Singularity (Writer's Block Part One)

 : release date 06-16-2017

Since Josh Dooley formed his band Map in the summer of 2000 they have been a stalwart of Velvet Blue Music, releasing 3 full lengths, 3 EP’s, a 7″, and a compilation. Map is best know for beautiful, weepy guitar lines and melancholy tones. Mr. Dooley has lent his guitar playing skills to a handful of other bands as well including Fine China, Starflyer 59, Pony Express, and Broadway Hush.

After the release of 2009’s Speechless record, Dooley decided to take a small break from music to live for a bit without rehearsals, shows, bookings, and recordings. In 2014, he relocated to Los Angeles and began working on new music. During this time, Josh contracted the rare West Nile Virus which at one point had him paralyzed from the neck down. He spent nearly 6 weeks hospitalized. After much time, effort, and contemplation Josh fully recovered.

“What that experience did for me, was to make me appreciate life,” states Dooley. “I remember laying there just wishing I could move my thumb and fingers enough to text someone. The smallest, simplest things in life had been taken from me. Things that now I recognize as being so valuable.”

Hello Singularity is Dooley’s vibrant, though still somewhat melancholy in sound, new outlook on life. Some of his influences, The Smiths, Stereolab, Beach House, Future Islands, etc. are in there by way of the classic guitar lines, and pop melodies. The EP was recorded at Josh’s home and was mixed by Ken Ramos (most notable for being an editor on American Horror Story and the new season of Twin Peaks). The band was rounded out as : Josh Dooley (guitar, vocals), Mike Perez (electronics), and Rob Withem (drums).  We are beyond thrilled to have new Map music enter the world, and as the full title suggests : Hello Singularity Writer’s Block Part One, part two will be released in early Fall.


“Following in the tradition of such modestly luxuriant songcraft as Australia’s sainted Go-Betweens and England’s princes of soft-pop splendor, the Clientele” – OC Weekly

“Map screams out summer time love, in a David Lynch kind of way” – Lollipop

“We have loved everything thus far that we have heard from this incredibly talented band” – Babysue


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