“One of the finest electonica releases of the year.” – Louder Than War
“Marconi Union always find beauty in the bleakest places “ – Uncut 8/10
“It’s a beautiful smooth evocation of being whisked through darkness, perched on the cusp of anticipation” – The Independent ****
“Marconi Union have been supplying the world with superior ambient music for some 14 years now…This takes the music on Ghost Stations pleasingly near to the sound that Bowie created when he unleashed his sax on top of the electronica on side two of Low” – The Sunday Times
“Marconi Union have always excelled at the creation of a sonic space in which to shelter….its accomplishments deserve to seep through its gossamer veil to find a public in need of reprieve …they’ve lent the nocturnal beauty of ancient structures bathed in subdued lighting, any sense of threat exchanged for a reassuring sense of security…it offers an opportunity for recuperation and contemplation, and such chances are increasingly rare” – The Quietus
“Marconi Union collate a slew of ideas, then let then slide gracefully across layers of sound” – Clash
“[Ghost Stations] proves they’ve not decoupled from their trademarked emotionally charged mood pieces and strong music narratives” – Mojo ****
“This is exactly the kind of release you’d expect to rock up in the bizarro jazz/electronica slot on the Mercury Prize” – The Crack
“[Ghost Stations’] richness of ambience is slightly unsettling and surprisingly soothing at the same time, further developing Marconi Union’s signature style. They are like ambient amoebas of electronic music: constantly altering their sound with combining ambience with soft beats, dub with gentle jazz – yet they are still recognizable” – Sounds Of A Tired City
“From the evocative artwork to the wonderful production and album structure Marconi Union never place a foot wrong making this one of the finest electronica releases of the year” – Louder Than War
“All of the trademark Marconi-isms are here, but they’re now emboldened by broader musical strokes” – Mix Mag 8/10
“Ghost Stations is a stunningly captivating moment to experience …it’s a delightful and enrapturing listen” – Echoes And Dust
“An arty, refined work of real pedigree, Ghost Stations sees them perfecting with their stunning electronic / ambient approach” – Progmagazine
After fourteen years of writing and performing, the trio – founder members Richard Talbot and Jamie Crossley with keyboard player Duncan Meadows – are thought to be “amongst today’s most talented musicians” (The Sunday Times). They have continually steadily developed and refined a unique musical identity, evoking emotions from gracefully blending elements of dub, jazz, ambience and electronica within their richly melodic compositions.
With Ghost Stations, Marconi Union’s music continues to straddle the world’s of artistic credibility and musical accessibility. They were not afraid to accept the challenge of making new music rather than just repeating their earlier work and were well aware of the risk of trying new things.
“People who have bought our previous records may think we’ve gone too far in this direction or that direction or that we don’t do enough of some particular aspect anymore, but we’ve already done those things in our previous work and we have to keep pushing our boundaries otherwise what is the point? We want people to hear Ghost Stations and say “’What the f**k is that’ either in a good or bad way!”
Before making a record Marconi Union usually have a clear idea about its ultimate direction. But this time, they decided to set aside any preconceptions, they spent the last two years experimenting with playing, programming, editing, re-editing, (agreeing and disagreeing) until Ghost Stations naturally evolved. Once the title was decided upon, everything fell into place connecting ideas of abandonment, empty spaces and dereliction.
“We always want to move forward and try new things, there’s no point in just treading water, so it was great to use a couple of guest musicians [Digitonal’s Andy Dobson on clarinet and Giorgio Li Calzi on trumpet] Sometimes you need real playing, especially when it comes to feel”.
Over the last fourteen years, their studio albums,’Under Wires and Searchlights’ (2003) (“sonically immaculate” Uncut), ‘Distance’ (2005) (“one of the most successful ambient albums of recent years” The Sunday Times), ‘A Lost Connection’ (2010)(“minimal, introspective, ethereal electronica – gorgeous” The Guardian), ‘Beautifully Falling Apart (2011) (“places MU firmly in the vanguard of acts making atmospheric, ambient music” Music OMH, Different Colours’ (2012) (“a work of bewitching beauty” DMC), and their last album, Weightless (2014) (“an ethereal sense of free flowing dimensions” DJ Mag), have brought them to the attention of larger audiences and international critical acclaim.
Marconi Union have accepted Festival invitations from Brian Eno, they have collaborated with the Marina Abramovic Institute and have also recorded “Weightless”, now hailed as the “most relaxing song ever”, with its tens of millions of streams and You Tube views, (even earning the accolade of being named as one of the ‘Best Inventions Of The Year’ by Time Magazine). Their music has been selected to accompany art installations, independent arts based projects, theatre and ballet, and to serve as the beautiful musical backdrop to television commercials, drama and documentary films worldwide.
Catalogue Number: TAO060