“Marconi Union are amongst today’s most talented musicians” Sunday Times
Richard Talbot, Jamie Crossley and Duncan Meadows are Marconi Union – an experimental electronic trio based in Manchester. Ahead of the release of their tenth studio album Dead Air on 15th November 2019, the group have released stunning new single ‘A.M.I.D’. (Edit). Ebbing and flowing through six minutes of ethereal electronics, the track’s bittersweet atmosphere is a taster for the new record.
‘A.M.I.D.', which stands for ‘Ambient Music Is Dead’, feels like a deliberate statement of sorts: “Going in to record that one, the discussions we were having were very much about how the term ‘ambient music’ has largely become meaningless,” Talbot explains. “There are all sorts of ways in which it’s a problematic idea in 2019. Anything seems to get called ambient these days. If it’s a bit quieter than Metallica, it’s ambient music!”
Marconi Union’s career began in 2002, when Talbot and Crossley first met in Manchester. Starting with the following year’s Under Wires And Searchlights, they’ve created an explorative body of instrumental work that’s shifted between electronica, dub, minimalism, avant-jazz and ambient music. Along the way they’ve collaborated with the likes of Jah Wobble, remixed Max Richter and Vök and provided soundtracks for art installations and other visual media. They’ve also had their own music remixed by Biosphere and Japan’s Steve Jansen, among others.
The new album offers ample evidence of a band in its prime. Marconi Union still sound vital and original, enthused by the possibilities that music has to offer. “We’ve never wanted to repeat ourselves,” states Talbot. “We’ve made ten albums and have been going for 17 years, but it still feels fresh. That’s been so important for us all the way through. We’re looking to do new things all the time.”