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the Manifest

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM THE MANIFEST – 3 DAY WEEK

The Manifest, a four-piece alternative electronic rock band from the Calder valley, sure has a thing for storytelling. Their new single “3 Day Week” shares a poignant love story set against the backdrop of civil strife in the UK during the 1970s.

This indie-rock song serves as a reminder of the historical events that defined an entire generation. From the cost of living crisis to the following civil strife, each verse shares a different story. The first verse sets the tone by delving into the power cuts, while the second verse is about the child soldiers of the IRA. Then the third verse is an oppressive reminder of the tube bombing and the last verse changes the tone by talking about the first nude scene in modern cinema (‘Don’t Look Now’).

The highlight of the track for me comes when we reach the second half of the song and a solo guitar emerges, providing a melodic break from the tumultuous narrative.

While the use of AI can be controversial, the band shows that it is of good use when it comes to creating a music video. This is their first released video and just like the lyrics, it goes through the events of the 1970s in the UK.

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