Elias Foley, otherwise known as Temple Maps is one of the more esoteric Chip-musicians I’ve had the pleasure of covering yet. I first encountered his work a couple months ago at the May meeting of Portland’s DataPort. With a chill and ambient style, his set stood in stark contrast to his fellow performers (bryface and Rhinostrich) sharing the stage with him that night, and left me with a positive impression.
As a driving force behind Portland’s Battery Powered Music, Temple Maps utilizes a wide array of battery powered equipment in the making of his music. This orchestra of devices is made plainly apparently in his debut on the Lifelike Family label, Moon Mountain.
On the surface, this album is a welcome entry in the list of ambient chill chip music. Looking deeper, Temple Maps’ work here mixes the meditative and the haunting to produce sounds that impressively achieve their artistic aims.