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Recorded back in 1998 and 1999, Maps of the Saints actually wound up following Kid Icarus' first proper album, 2002's Be My Echo. Tracked in Eric Schlittler's bedroom, this one-man band named after an antiquated Nintendo game reveals a number of influences in its infancy, including obvious touchstones like the Beatles and Robyn Hitchcock. Still, Schlittler's biggest musical devotion is to Guided by Voices, as the charming lo-fi vibe of both "Laughing Skeletons" and "Bicycle Spokes" affirm. Edgy and flooded with distortion, the latter sounds derived from GBV's "Kicker of Elves." Elsewhere, Kid Icarus is a gifted purveyor of acoustic-based rock, be it top-notch ballads like "Firecracker Girls" or the echoed, four-track trickery of "Matchsticks Dance." Closing out Maps of the Saints with "Pieces on a Board," Schlittler merges his acoustic and electric leanings with excellent results. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi


Born: Scranton, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The recording project of Eric Schlittler, Kid Icarus has grown to incorporate a revolving cast of musicians and friends in northeastern Pennsylvania in the creation of lo-fi singer/songwriter rock. A prolific recorder in his own right, Schlittler has wasted little time since leaving his previous band Suetta in setting down an extensive body of work, from his own homemade cassette recordings to his releases on the Summersteps label. Starting out as a hopelessly amateurish home taper, using cheap boom...
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