Jack Cheshire has announced fifth album Fractal Future Plays and has also released first single, ‘Tunnel Vision’. Inspired by the concept of Multiverse, time corridors, the Astral Plane and the dystopian rabbit hole our world appears to have headed down, this new record is a unique and bewitching brew.
Expansive sound pictures with a haunting refrain, first single and album opener ‘Tunnel Vision’ features a relentless groove with interstellar widescreen atmospherics. Multi-instrumentalist Jack Cheshire constructed the song slowly, sending iterations to drummer // producer Jon Scott over a period of six weeks: ‘We wanted all the parts to interact, and have their space, so we had to construct it quite carefully. Augmenting and minimising certain bits, the core of the track was there but it took a while to realise. There ended up being so many layers, particularly at the end, I just wanted a worm-hole of an outro, a kind of swirly sci-fi mind bender.’
Lyrically, the track was inspired by a Gramsci quote, ‘pessimism of the intellect and optimism of the will’, given by Noam Chomsky in a 2003 interview with Francine Stock:
NC: ‘You look over history…every system of tyranny and oppression…collapses. There’s nothing special about the systems of power that exist now….’
FS: ‘What I wonder though is how you square your fundamental optimism about human nature with what seems to be a pretty pessimistic analysis of what is happening in the world?’
NC: ‘This famous phrase that was borrowed by Gramsci that we should have pessimism of the intellect and optimism of the will’.
That resonated deeply with Cheshire as a tonic for these troubling times: ‘I wanted to write something positive, something I could put on and say, despite all the toxic negativity in my mind and all of the madness occurring in the world, I am going to keep trying and keep believing.’
Fractal Future Plays is due for release in Autumn 2020.