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First full length on Drop Beat and a major entry in the world of American-based experimental, drum'n'based-flavored sound. "Chessie is the working name for Virginia resident Stephen Gardner, a young and talented multi-instrumentalist who began his music career several years ago at the age of 16 with cult anti-rock group Lorelei. Bass is Gardner's main instrument, and it was his depth-charge deep dub-influenced basslined that gave Lorelei it's signature sound. Electronic music was always an interest, with a particular leaning towards modern classical electronic composition and the sample-heavy works of groups like Moonshake and Laika... It is on this organic base that Gardner adds live bass and guitar, creating a mesmerizing mixture of edgy beats, unsettling soundscapes and often improvised melodies. His ongoing college studies into composition and improvisation clearly pay off in tracks that cannily blend structure with chance, the familiar and the startling. It is truly a new music -- one that refers to the currently popular strands of jungle, post-rock ad dub, but moves well beyond the usual facile and superficial 'experiments' into a more ambitious and far deeper realm."