The first thing that hits you about ‘Dead Air’, Marconi Union’s new album, is how much space there is. At times it feels like being transported to a Western movie with only the prairie in sight and a distant mountain range in the background.
The second thing you notice is there are no beats. After 2016’s densely hectic ‘Ghost Stations’, Marconi Union wanted something more sensual and tonal. Gone are the guest spots, brass sections and drums, and in their place we are left with lavishly emotional tonal soundscapes that swell and quell.
As the fluid soundscapes gently whirl past Marconi Union add layer upon layer of drone, synths, and slow moving pluses to create a feeling of salubrious flux. ‘Dead Air’ is a fantastically rewarding album, submerging the listener in embryonic synths while gossamer melodies float above.
With 10 albums now under Marconi Union’s belt, this is anything but dead air.
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Words: Nick Roseblade
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