On 8th November 2019, Marconi Union are set to release their new single ‘Fractured’. The track is the latest edit from Marconi Union’s upcoming album ‘Dead Air’, which is out 28th November 2019 via Just Music.
‘Fractured (Edit)' ebbs and flows through layers of icy synths, warm bass tones and swirling electronics. These elements create a sense of anticipation and movement as the track builds and falls away like an iceberg fracturing from a glacier, tying in the album’s title: “Dead Air hints of some kind of ominous, environmental issue” says co-founder Richard Talbot. "That phrase has a certain atmosphere to it that was very attractive to us.”
Dead Air is Marconi Union’s tenth studio album of a career that 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.”