Boomkat Product Review:
Now available on lovely Static Caravan vinyl! The hugely popular Jonas Munk returns with his long awaited new album under his Manual moniker. Seeped in a carefully coated love of 4AD (some of the drum programming and production here sounds like classic Cocteau Twins) and a sound that betrays his close personal and musical ties with Ulrich Schnauss, "Azure Vista" is Manual's most overtly ambitious collection of songs yet. Opening with the unashamedly grand 'Clear Skies above the Coastline Cathedral', Manual clealry exhibits a similar vista-expanding scope to that of Mr Schnauss, albeit rendered through an entirely different musical palate. 'Summer of Freedom' again demonstrates that Manual can combine potentially saturnine elements into a neck cricking whole before we are given a half-time break through the twinkly breath of 'Twilight'. Launching back in to the seven minute ambience of 'Tourmaline', Manual then follows on with the barn-storming 'Neon Reverie' which positively exudes hair-spray. A dirty habit made clean and an album that will no doubt be adored by anyone who's gotten into Ulrich Schnauss in the last couple of years. Recommended.