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Marconi Union

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Marconi Union are a British musical duo, (now a trio after founder members, Richard Talbot and Jamie Crossley invited Duncan Meadows to join them in 2010) with strong links to the Manchester based DOTCA arts collective.

They are notable for incorporating elements of electronica, ambient, jazz and dub into their music, and a tendency to make records that are conceptually-based. Frequent comparisons are drawn between Marconi Union and bands such as Talk Talk, Sigur Rós and Boards of Canada.

Their first album, Under Wires and Searchlights, appeared on the small British independent label Ochre Records, drawing attention for its combination of synthesisers, guitars, strings and musical soundscapes. This album was followed with a sustained period of silence only punctuated by a couple of remixes. They eventually resurfaced in 2005 on All Saints Records (a label strongly associated with electronic musician Brian Eno) with a new album, Distance, featuring a darker, more electronic sound and garnering even more publicity.

Marconi Union have always veered towards reclusiveness, rarely granting interviews or playing live. None of their releases give any details about the personnel and little is known of their background. They seem content to operate outside the mainstream, preferring to pursue their own course. Recently their public profile has become higher, playing at the 2006 Big Chill Festival and Eden Sessions along side such mainstream acts as Snow Patrol and Goldfrapp, at Cornwall’s Eden Project.

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