Any kind of encounter with ‘world music’ is generally a cause for confusion. Any kind of enjoyment is tarnished by the worry that you’re only liking it in order to seem cool and ‘open’ to different styles of music, whilst the back of the mind debates how patronising it is to call anything that isn’t a western-world pop track ‘world music’ given the limitless different styles of song that encompasses. World Map are a band that don’t really seem to deal with such middle class denial and guilt, preferring to imbibe the twinkling guitars of Africa and dub style riffs and incorporate it into their ethereal racket.
This is weird stuff. It’s Day – by the looks of things, their debut album – doesn’t really dwell on any on point, refusing to get stuck in any one place – and, unlike Vampire Weekend before them, they don’t really harness their influences and turn them into powerful indie pop classics. Instead, they just regurgitate, a warped facsimile of the original, crushed and distorted all over but still retaining an inimitable beauty. God knows what they’re trying to achieve, but it’s working, however bizarre the methods.