posted on September 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

song of man

oh boy marconi union make great music

considering my self a bit of an expert in a few types of music

one time being this particular kind of ambientish electronish instrumentals

list to marconi union baby we are in the future brave and new

we shoot down autobahns in plush vehicles

we map far off constellations in our observatories

life is different in this future now

things are smoother but weirder

theres lots of pleasant hypnotic repetition

small machines tinker hum percolate or go zing bing cling

then when it seemed like sterile place the new future

as opposed to the old future

well it would be wouldnt it

but then guitars yes electric guitars appear

sometimes softly reverbed yet organic electric pianos

everything is all moving in time to the other

all the tremelos and pulses gently rhythmic synchromesh

the guitars are sometimes distorted and sustaining

but never do they dominate this sonic nu future

the other things

all those treated fucked up cut up sounds

moving through the backgrounds

flying bumping going straight through

ratchets in echo

a whine a whir a soft whack

beautiful strings overarch in electric dreems

small sounds like steam

like meters and gaskets and little clocks

all busy measuring measuring something

something important that perpetually unfolds in this future

its urbane its sophisticated as fuck

its like kraftwerk but with softness

like they were from i dunno rome or san francisco

like they were some slowed down dmt pattern

all that info being so efficiently downloaded into our neat future

all that sweet green icing flowing down

all that science maths art religion history magic philosophy

painless anxietyless but also ruthless

youre on the ship baby you cant off this thing

we all aboard as we slide down this monolith

vibes mellow and so cool

relentless though/mounting pressure

sometimes the machine itself breaks down elegantly

in perfect harmonic and in time as it cracks up

but these short moments are quickly apprehended

and the future machine kicks in again

marconi are melodic subtle huge tiny sexy neuter

marconi sound expensive

the music itself is really a cut above most future junk you’ll ever hear

rich languid

the titles say it all


endless winter


we travel


you get the picture whats going on here

we are warm in our capsule

we transmit endless europe

we gauge the distance

we are polylingual

we are rich we are in motion

angular jaguar on white track

marconi union

all sleek n futuristic

wow you gonna love this future

gonna leave that past right behind


24 Responses to “sleek and futuristic”

  1. avatar
    Stephen | 8 September 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    There’s a cheap (ie. £1.99) Marconi Union album download available from:

    I bought their CD ‘Distance’ a few years back. From what you’ve typed it’s ‘A Lost connection’ that you’ve been hearing. Apparently Eno was really impressed by them.

    For some reason just lately I’ve been getting intrigued by John Foxx, and got his ‘Tiny colour Movies’ yesterday. Really like some of the synth sounds, but not sure where I would start if I was to try something accessible with his vocals? It was his collaboration with Harold Budd ‘Translucence/Drift Music’ that initially got me thinking

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      thetimebeing | 8 September 2010 at 8:12 pm #

      hey stephen gonna download it right now

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        Belfrank | 9 September 2010 at 12:31 am #

        Are you listening to the one I sent you sfew weeks ago? It is A Lost Connection – gorgeous stuff indeed!

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    hellbound heart | 8 September 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    ok….gonna go suss it out….

    love always……..

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    DavidP | 8 September 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    I like that Hinterland one
    melodious and mellow
    makes a nice change from beat driven rock
    to be honest I think it is better
    your lemuria and astral plane tracks on your video page are in a similar vein
    I like those ones too

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    Ryan | 8 September 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Cool, thanks – gonna go check that out 🙂

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 8 September 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    Glad to have u back safe and sound. Happy belated Dads/Fathers day. And the countdown is on…i bet those lovely ladies of yours have something wickedly cool planned for ur big day, monday. that was a inspirational review of a band i unfortunately have not accustomed my self to. well, im on it- searching out these treasures u so beautifully painted. electronic music has its place in creativeness, many believe its just samples and pressing buttons and so on- nothn truly organic. i am a life long fan of , what i believe to be , the greatest electro-pop music of the past generation. Depeche Mode crossed over into mainstream radio-friendly music many years ago-but the true genius was when Marty would gently create the pattern and theme and Alan Wilder would construct the final product, Alan was a genius and some of his ‘Recoil” project material, after his departure from DM, is amazing and unusal. He NEVER will get the due credit that he rightfully deserves with Dave Gahan fronting, Marty Gore writing, and Fletch…doing whatever he does…i still to this day dont know actually what his contribution is/was to that machine except being Marty’s “YES” man.
    Anyways, I put “clean” off of DM’s Violater album up against any electro and it will always come out on top-especially if its played loud and the passion is allowed to engulf you-Dave never sounded better,even with the demons he was battling during those years-a bit of a mirror for some to painfully gaze back into.
    But i do say- the incredible work that Tim Time Bandit did on re-constructing “After Everything…” is mighty fine work (Parralel Universe). He must of had a smile on his face was he was sampling away-cuz some of it is quite excellent. Oh and as always, u never sound better…too

    Have a Great Day !!!
    Welcome back !!!!
    Darrin K.

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    Freddie | 8 September 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    You make em sound good. Never heard of em til today.
    Cheap download, I love cheap downloads!
    A pound in Amerian dollars is what now, about 20 bucks?;^)
    Will check em out!

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      me again | 9 September 2010 at 12:08 pm #

      £1.99 = $3.17 tonight

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    cazziem | 9 September 2010 at 1:00 am #

    Not heard of Marconi Union until your blog SK, but had a listen to some of their stuff on good old YouTube and I can see why you like them. From the tracks I listened to today they really sound ideal to chillax to. Have to say though that the picture on there when I clicked on DavidP’s link sure reminds me of Untitled 23!!!

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    Name | 9 September 2010 at 3:21 am #

    thank you… I had never heard of them. they remind me of 21st Century Grieg, but also always has Eno… very beautiful.

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    davem | 9 September 2010 at 3:43 am #

    the titles say it all


    endless winter


    we travel


    and temperature drop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    jcole | 9 September 2010 at 4:04 am #

    thanks for the recommendation steve. i’m really enjoying their ‘tokyo’ release right now.

  11. avatar
    andy | 9 September 2010 at 4:36 am #

    our music collections are almost identical steve.

  12. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 9 September 2010 at 4:39 am #

    It’s been one month to the day since my mommy passed away, I guess I am okay, I had rude awakening and revelations say to me (us) stars will align at dreamtime 11:11pm December 21st 2012, I will be waiting waiting SK…

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    eekie | 9 September 2010 at 5:25 am #

    Reading the song titles it struck me that depending on my mood, song and album titles can often seem either completely inspired or just pretentious wankery. Of course, sometimes a pretentious sounding title can seem inspired if the song is good (and vice versa if the song is bad).

    The juxtaposition of inspiration/pretension seems to happen a lot with painting (especially more abstract stuff) and poetry as well. It’s like those medications where the difference between a therapeutic dose and a toxic one is very, very small. Takes a deft touch to hit inspiration instead of pretension.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 9 September 2010 at 10:49 pm #


      I so agree !!! Especially the medicine reference-i feel victim to that judgement by a so called medical professional and ended up with a toxic reaction to his therapeutic dosing…28 days in a hospital and 40 pounds of body loss later at the end of 2009- i never put anything in my body or consider med advice until i research it extensively…cuz that fact is:being educated doesn’t necessarily mean your smart.

      Have a plentiful day !!!
      Darrin K.

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    Andreas | 9 September 2010 at 5:38 am #

    Hi SK, never heard of them, will check them out. Best ambient ever for me remains Gilt Trip, though. Nothing can beat those two records IMHO.

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    Krissythegroupie | 9 September 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Looking at that very quickly I thought it read Macaroni Union (only for a second!). Which is kind of a good name? Maybe not. Also, didn’t say this before but I <3 <3 the new website.

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      Belfrank | 10 September 2010 at 1:26 am #

      They used to be called Macaroni Grill – but they got sued by an Italian Restaurant chain 😛

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    Steven Krut | 9 September 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Wonderful description. I’ll definitely check them out. Thanks!

  17. avatar
    princey | 9 September 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Hi sk, I haven’t heard any of their stuff, but hey, it sounds like this music takes you to a better place, so it MUST be good. Will give it a listen!
    love Amanda

  18. avatar
    Richard | 9 September 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    love the wolfe and outbound videos

  19. avatar
    Mike | 11 September 2010 at 6:21 am #

    Thanks Steve,
    I’m really enjoying this band now. I find it goes along well with some of the KK stuff too.

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