Boomkat Product Review:
Chessie's 2001 Plug Research album Overnight was a concept album of sorts, themed around railway travel. Manifest serves as a sequel to that album, taking similar themes as a starting point, conjuring luminescent indie-kraut pulsations on the upliftingly beautiful 'Intercity', an instrumental that still packs in the pop hooks through the choruses, all underpinned by a motorik drumbeat akin to that on Wilco's epic 'Spiders (Kidsmoke)'. Next up, the textured, effects-driven tones of 'Long Bridge' fuse the rhythmic patterns of locomotion with all things 'gaze, before 'Alone Together' focuses on Fennesz-style crumbling textures and digital decay. The further you delve into this album, the more convincing it becomes, functioning as a thoroughly modern piece of contemporary electronica whilst retaining more conventional song structuring. It seems apt then that likeminded souls Hood should offer up a remix of 'Intercity' to round off the album, thickening up the beat and drawing the krautrock essence out of the original and adding some distorted vocals to the mix. Highly Recommended.