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Fractal Future Plays

by Jack Cheshire

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1.
Hush your inner monologue Still your racing hungry eye Simmer down your toxic thought Settle deep inside this glove Down down down Underneath your cloaking spell Peering through the portal glass Light that drip feeds through the flood This is for the ones you love Down down down Oh tunnel vision Oh tunnel Vision You move to the light You move to the light If you’re feeling the decline Weighing on your scrambled mind If you’re up there on the wire Peering deep into the fire Down down down Oh tunnel vision Oh tunnel Vision You move to the light You move to the light
2.
Halfway through the daytime At the bar Drink the blues away Greet the eyes Feed your fires Then hide inside the vestibules In your mind There’ll be no sense The white noise plays eternally In it’s eyes You’ll see your steps Traverse their way so slowly Through the scene Following the moments But the time’s a shroud of mystery You’ll remember nothing With those big eyes staring vacantly Watching for a grimace or a sign That you’d revealed yourself Waited for the changing of the guard The changing of the guard Feel that fever coming on The heady heights The victory songs Usher in bewilderment Speak in tongues that make no sense Sending you a postcard from the void I think you’d like it here Hanging on with radiance and joy Now the slate is clear Everyone is so supportive I think I forgot myself Revelling in old familiar ways Speeding through the days Feel that fever slowing down Mindful as you hit the ground Lock the doors Hide the keys You’ve been sowing your bad seeds Underneath the Perspex moon Wormholes converge in your room Out across the multiverse Visions of your blackened Earth
3.
Tiny Hands 03:28
If it's love Sweet love Let it weave its roots upon me Reconnect me to the morning May it shine through me I won't let you down I will build my world around it I'll work tirelessly There's a strange wind blowing There's a darkness that is growing There's a bad moon on the rise It hangs over me Underneath I have taken sides I know the enemy An open book A sliding door Your tiny hands The ocean floor The golden wave That comes before Annihilation Put your hand inside mine Pull back the curtains in your mind Let those psychic streams come flowing Let them play with me I know what I am I am just a grain of sand Out on the estuary If the clock hand whirls And you're failing in the world And you've lost your sense of wonder And of agency Remember we're all buried In our lives sometimes We all go weightlessly An open book A sliding door Your tiny hands The ocean floor The golden wave That comes before Annihilation
4.
Miradors 03:50
I am the bewildered navigator Front and centre Bad vibes and esoteric threats Itchy heels and wandering eyes Mind tank full of remorse Is this the right form? Just ploughing on Restlessly poker faced Swimming down telephone lines Wavy sonic sinkholes Processing the errors Endlessly absolving These incendiary bombs Lighting up the junkyard sky I am the dishevelled administrator Wishing he were somewhere else Throwing words into the vacuum Gin breath and old sweat Musky dances with the fax machine Rhubarb and seedy climbs Sad doll eyes Distracted essence and tired minds Mounds of powder Pure and white False aims We’re losing time Luxury ghost flats line these streets A toxic cabal Watch them strut Calm and infantilised With rapacious minds ‘Mines a golden ale and some mouth wash Tic-tacs and a sausage roll’ Headed for the Old Fountain To tell them all To show them all Lead us to the glory holes Deliver us from our senses I am the fat controller Walk the corridors blindly Complacent as the big cloud cankers Come find me in the miradors On the sofa spilling out my lust Watching the volcano Mines a swift one Cross the astral planes Up the sewage ducts and old canals Shimmering on the aluminium work stations Through telescopic sights They feed your mind with bile Reeling ever upward Bloated spasm of Empire Inside the seething chasm Watching as the hypnotist Plys his wibble His jibber His jabber HIs violent sermon Upon the non-believers Shot blithely into the arms of the world
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Tangerine 02:54
You fell asleep To the end of the line Following tangents Mouth tastes like wine Under the ether Over the moon Watching a thread weave Inside of the Loom Parked beside the ocean Parked beside the ocean You lost your mind At the edge of the fair Fell in with Vultures Who’d followed you there Starry the lights You got sick from the rides Hid in the grass And you watched the sunrise Parked beside the ocean Parked beside the ocean Tangerine Hold on to your dream You’ll never see What lies behind the screen You are a chancer You are a pawn You are a crack In the side of the dawn Parked beside the ocean Parked beside the ocean
7.
Widescreen 04:08
I saw you at your highest point Out across the astral plain Mind lost in some reverie Weaving down the palisades Sweet abandon Seen it all from every angle And it sent you On towards the western glow I watched you turn I saw you climb Flexing your elastic mind Skipping around against the gloom Casting spells obliviously And Aurora Borealis for your mattress And the sweet fuzz Gliding round inside your veins The light is pouring in You'll see it soon It all comes clear Lit up across the skies And over you All over you I wonder who you're going to be When you end your killing spree When you swim up from the depths Find yourself in all this mess Nothing lingers whilst you're in the midst of the dream You are blinkered You erase things from your mind The light is pouring in You'll see it soon It all comes clear Lit up across the skies And over you All over you
8.
If you are learning nothing As the cataclysm looms Moving in slow motion A goldfish bowl inside your head Whisper some new violence Roll it up and down your spine Get boarded by a puppeteer And taken for a ride Misty moonlit drives Where the fractal future plays Fevered thoughts And people there Keep whispering your name They keep whispering your name The abattoirs The carnivores The diamond studded sky Outside the mystic plaza Where you do or die so well Do or die so well As a cog in the machine As an agent working blindly From the remnants of a dream Pack your psychic bags And vacate inner space Guard yourself from all the dirt They’ll throw up in your face They will derail your faith
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Whatever you need To give into the dream Projectile that’s rolling A blanket of light And a head full of speed The landscape dissolving Whatever you need To remain in your seat With nothing With no one Residual sheen From a life that you lead This feeling is calling I can see it in the corner I can feel it in my mind Microcosms Shifting orders I am with you Whatever you need To focus on the screen Your mind is decoding And now out of reach Some far flung sandy beach The windows are open I can see it in the corner I can feel it in my mind Microcosms Shifting orders I am with you
11.
Ocean Floor 03:59
And I danced across the ocean floor And the light came flooding in I held your gaze ‘cross the dim lit bar And I remembered everything Though it may be that I Had been here before The recurring dream The revolving door But I want to feel your body Arrive so close to mine As the church bells chime As careers climb You are often out to sea As the broadcast rolls As the timeline scrolls Here the tide goes endlessly With a dip and a sway There’s a voice which says You should spend more hours You should smell the flowers You should love with all your body You should stay and enter in Sleep walker Deep water Sleep walker Deep water In the line your resolve Would dissolve slowly As you wait to enter in Sometimes the angles go And a soft light shows That you aren’t bound for anything So just close your eyes And enjoy the game Let the record spin Hear it’s old refrain And you’ll always be somebody And I want you to remember

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'An artist who’s been making fantastic music for a while...consistently releasing great records...I reckon this might be his best yet. Absolutely loving this…I'm a big fan of his'
Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music

8.3/10 'beautiful and mysterious' Backseat Mafia

90/100 ALBUM CHOICE 'brilliant, enigmatic' Hi-Fi News

✭✭✭✭ 'a kaleidoscope' RnR Magazine

'New album 'Fractal Future Plays' is in some places lush, at others stark, with its cosmic, celestial feel backed by intricate lyricism.'
CLASH

'Cosmic, dystopian folkadelica...tracks wrap twangy desert-psych around sleepy Ian McCulloch-meets-Lou Reed vocals. Fans...will find much to warm their cockles during the long, cold winter ahead.'
Shindig! Magazine

'...powerful, dark, wondrous' Song-bar.com

'...absolutely brilliant. I recommend it to you unreservedly.'
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6 Music

'Jack Cheshire has built up a cult following over the last decade and more. His fifth album will not disappoint them.'
The Arts Desk

'Mesmerising' John Kennedy, Radio X

'Eerie...psychedelic' GigSlutz

'Amazing' Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

credits

released November 27, 2020

All songs written by Jack Cheshire

Produced by Jon Scott

Vocals, Guitars, Electric Bass, Synths – Jack Cheshire

Drums & Percussion – Jon Scott

Double Bass on ‘Tiny Hands’ & ‘Landscape Dissolving’ by Andrea Di Biase

Cellos on ‘Tiny Hands’ arranged and performed by Danny Keane

Saxophones on ‘Blue’ by George Crowley

Choir parts & Harmony Vocals on ‘Widescreen’ & ‘Landscape Dissolving’ by Fini Bearman

Mixed by Les Mommsen

Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios

Artwork & Design by John Gilsenan (iwantdesign.co.uk)

Photography by Mark Arrigo

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Jack Cheshire London, UK

'...lyrically, melodically & sonically compelling…born out of strange & altered inner states.'
★★★★ MOJO
'...gorgeous and mind-bending...' Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
'Spooky, pointillist, strings-driven pastoralia: beautiful stuff…'
The Sunday Times
'…a curious, idiosyncratic piece of artful pop.
Psychedelic in a very English way, it's a literate return, one imbued with remarkable depth.' Clash
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