blackmaps is a Tokyo and London based independent label focussing on high end music driven content produced with acute attention to detail and presented as collectable works.  With recorded sound at its core, blackmaps expands the parameters of the record label, with a focus dilating from music to experimental film, private press literature, design commissions, textile works, events and beyond.  With a roster that includes everything from wide-eyed singer songwriters to ensemble collectives and electronic experimentalists, blackmaps presents a genre spanning matrix of progressive originality.

23 year old Pascal Babare was born in southern Australia, the son of a choral singer and a composer. His mother can only hear in one ear and sings like an angel. His father was the first ex-gangster to join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  Raised in and out of ashrams on a diet of Pet Sounds and droning chant, Pascal cared for his first mentor, a camel named Jinglebaba, while listening to 2-Pac and devising uniquely horrific ways to kill insects. Wondering what it all meant, he wrote to Brian Wilson, who wrote back, telling him to focus on the heart’s vibrations. He keeps the letter close to this day.

Pascal Babare’s charming debut album ‘Thunderclap Spring’ is available now from and and available at all good independent stores on cassette format (with download code).

His astonishing cover over Joy Divison`s Ceremony is available as a free download at the link below:
Pascal Babare’s ‘Thunderclap Spring’