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What I really like is the fact that they have so smoothly added a number of other elements to the ambient sound such as IDM and dub rhythms, with occasional guitars etc. in a way that will equally appeal to fans of The Aphex Twin as well as Brian Eno.
If you like classic ambient music and bands like the Boards of Canada then you really should give this a listen.
All these until Marconi Union and their Distance work. Dreamy atmosphere, almost psychoanalytic, moving in all senses. A perfect link to Eno's Music For Films sequel. A perfect step towards ambient fulfillment.
It is really hopeful that such groups exist and needless to say, we are truly looking forward to their next work.
The first step in the transfer is the way Distance draws the toxicity of my day out of me, leaving me pleasantly drained. The second step of the process, then, is how the movement within each track subtly softens and salves the chisel-bitten edges of my consciousness. In the third step, as fresh fluid trickles in, I am refilled and renewed.
After a day of dying little, moment-by-moment deaths, Distance breathes life back into me, slowly, slowly, and almost imperceptibly.
If you have ragged edges, if you have wounds, this can be a balm for you.
"Through Glass" is more sensuous, while "Buildings and People" has a more luminous trajectory with the feeling that a city has been left completely empty, it is almost haunting in beauty. "A Temporary Life" has shy jazz flourishes, but overall seems to be melting into the night.
The urban moods build on each other until you feel completely relaxed. This album has hints of places you like to be and it seems to call you to distant locations where you'd like to spend more time dreaming.
~The Rebecca Review
The appropriately named opening track "Sleepless" is deceptively gentle, but as you listen more closely you realize that beneath the calm surface there is also a restless, anxious edge to the track. "Distance" strikes a balance between sustaining a mood and employing melodies. A good example of this is "These European Cites." At first it seems to be nothing more than a gentle loop with synthesizer swells, but halfway through a beautiful melody (played on a guitar) is added.
Listening to Distance is pure pleasure. It would be hard to pick a favorite track because the effect of each track is cumulative. As for comparisons (always a risky business), fans of Brian Eno (it's released on his All Saints label) and Harold Budd would probably find Marconi Union enjoyable as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I waited a while before I decided to get this c.d. because like many others I had already heard the first track on Elements ;meanwhile I had purchased most of the other c.d. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George B. Vieto
If you like Ambient Music, and especially Marconi Union, this is a must-have. It really pulls you into a different space, the layered sounds, the pictures it conjures up in your... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ursula E. Winters
i is ok cd,,,all of the songs are ok...It is worth the money...my car ride is now very delightful. good music. It is the ok.Published 23 months ago by Maurice Moore
Turn the lights off and perhaps you can finally give your dearest memories the soundtracks they have all been looking for all these years. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by aslanbek
I love this album, it immediately puts me in a relaxed mood......especially when on my way to work, but more importantly at the end of my very long day.Published on December 29, 2013 by Jeanne Stawiecki
Distance by Marconi Union is smooth, cool and atmospheric - beginning to end. If you are looking for music that slips up on you to soothe, settle and and enjoy - you'll love this... Read morePublished on June 2, 2011 by DAVID HALL
Amazing. This is my favorite ambient album. Gorgeous detailed electronic soundscapes with subtle pulsing energy and a post rock flare. Even has elements of deep bass dub. Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by J. Weiss
I started listening to Brian Eno in the 70's and have always enjoyed good ambient music. Until recently, however, I haven't really added much of it to my collection. Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by B. G. Phillips
This cd is amazing, it is ambient yet still able to draw your attention to it. It can be either background music, or soothing music to listen to. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Rick Evans