Somewhere between asleep and awake there is a suspended dream state where sounds float and pulsate, where you can no longer trust your senses. Chessie is the soundtrack to this special place.
Over the course of three albums, Chessie's Stephen Gardner and Ben Bailes have plumbed a swirling, indistinct realm of sonic abstraction. Inspired by the sounds of railways, their work has blended electro-acoustic production techniques, live playing and non-sequenced electronics in an effort to capture the spirit and emotion of rail travel. The propulsive, inexorable clank of steel on track forms the rhythmic backbone of the Chessie compositions, and makes a particularly American counterpart to the motorik rhythms of much post-Kraftwerk music.