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mark smith There is no such thing as a bad MU album, only varying degrees of brilliance and this one is right up there with the best. I rate 5 of the 7 tracks as exceptional, in particular the last one which kind of runs out of steam at the end. A fitting way to finish. Love the album cover as well. I live near the moor that is shown - it burnt for weeks! Favorite track: Looking Through the Ilex.
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Lab's Cloud I like how this album evolves and progresses. Favorite track: Breaking Point.
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GalvanicSpiral Signals is, in short, immensely satisfying. Tightly focused thematically, yet presents an expansive, and at times surprising, array of sonic textures. Culminates in "Looking Through the Ilex," building on what has come before to round out what I think is a near-perfect album.

Fans and newcomers can't go wrong with this one! A top-notch entry in the MU discography. Favorite track: Looking Through the Ilex.
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jaroslaw1981 Absolutely stunning. Once you hear it you want more. Thanks! Favorite track: A Citizen's Dream.
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Neil Campbell Excellent album - cool as f**k!
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Manchester musicians Marconi Union return with their new album, Signals, set for release on 5th November 2021 via Just Music.

Signals is the latest addition to Marconi Union’s highly acclaimed discography. Despite having released twelve albums in the last eighteen years they continue to experiment and push boundaries.

‘In some respects Signals is a more traditional songwriting album than anything we’ve done before, but it draws on the same techniques we’ve used on our previous albums’

After their previous album, the largely beat-less Dead Air, one might think that Marconi Union would be primarily influenced by synth players or guitarists. However, it turns out that Signals was actually informed by the bands’ admiration of a number of different drummers and this played a significant part in helping shape its sound.

‘We were quite inspired by various players like Jaki Liebezeit, Clive Deamer and Tony Allen and tried to imagine what our music would sound like with them playing on it.’

Signals combines synthetic textures with organic sound, and merges the familiar with the unknown, transporting the listener deep into their imagination. The one-word title is both mysterious and evocative, suggesting a multitude of images that range from high-tech electronic messaging to ghostly abandoned radio stations and even that most basic level of human expression, body language.

It Is both ironic and yet somehow so right, that a group so regularly described as ‘enigmatic’ should make an album that alludes to communication. Although, long-term fans will be relieved to note that Marconi Union decline to enlighten us on what all this means.


released November 5, 2021

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