MusicTAP is pleased to present the premiere of the new single from Maps & His Mothball Fleet, “Visit Mississippi”. The song permeates an eerie sense of impermanence, lifting from the Gulf Coast in the middle of the night. The Southern gothic guitar pop melodies of “Visit Mississippi” encapsulate the feelings of living alone during a long-distance relationship – through a haunted swampy hymnal. It’s the second single off the upcoming album, Gulf, due out on August 21st.

Matt Wanamaker was struck by the muse of inspiration while wandering around the streets of Gulfport, Mississippi, toiling with the unresolved issues of a fleeting love. Drawing from the regional heritage and architectural aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he found himself playing a much darker style of melodic pop. Along with a thin layer of acoustic melody and the backbeat of a church organ, Wanamaker adds some psychedelic flourishes to amplify the unsettled, yet aromatic, mood.

No stranger to solitude and the accompanying feelings that come with the territory, while on various tours of duty, Wanamaker wrote the song as an almost completely autobiographical account of his experiences. He explains, “I was living on the Gulf Coast, but had left a relationship up North, with unresolved issues and a lot of ambiguity. We had been having problems, but somehow we just didn’t talk about them, leading up to my move.” Throughout each verse, chord change, and musical flourish, he offers a glimpse into that relationship, as the tension sways like a distant summer storm. 

Gulf will be released on Friday, August 21st, 2020.

By Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years - as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, freelance journalist, producer, manager and working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star, traveling down South and his orange Gretsch. He's pretty groovy!