Heavy and angst driven is the new release from Mercury Machine “The Age of the Machine” which was released last week. The dark and brooding tones of this song are reminiscent of the 80s and plays to the pop culture resurgence of the arcade in the United States. When I heard “The Age of the Machine” I think of the latest Stranger Things season and look forward to the new seasons release in March. Mercury Machine is for fans of; Joy Divison, Tears for Fears, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Depeche Mode. Mercury Machine is the kind of artist you want to be playing at the most dramatic moment in the movie where it has come down to do or die you want “The Age of the Machine” playing in the background, when everything seems like it is lost and you must pull through. The urgency in this song is remarkable, definitely worth a listen. Learn more about the artist below!
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Mercury Machine will release The Age of the Machine on November 16th 2018
Manchester five piece Mercury Machine are gathering momentum. Prolific in their workload and atmospheric in their delivery, they manage to effortlessly encapsulate an ‘80’s aesthetic, reinterpreting it in a contemporary fashion. It’s now clear they are developing their own inimitable brand of electronic post-punk and synth-pop.
Coming quickly of the back of previous singles ‘Aurora’ and ‘The Lost’, ‘The Age of the Machine’ deftly balances the pop pomp synonymous with the decade, against a brooding, more despondent edge. Their intention is to take a light-hearted approach to discussing serious contemporary issues, in this case the isolating effects of technology.
Singer and chief songwriter Lee Maguire wrote the song from a fictional perspective but as an isolationist himself it’s also based on personal experience. In society today many people are spending less time in the physical world and more time in the unlimited world of gaming, films, TV series and social media, but what are we gaining from such immersion in a fantasy world where anything is possible? Yes, we can be connected to like-minded people from across the globe, we can use technology to escape the stresses of real life or to keep ourselves ‘entertained’ for prolonged periods of time, but what are we losing from having limited face to face interaction, what are the long reaching adverse effects of the tech filled world? The bow that ties this together is the seeds sown in the 80’s via technological development are now coming back to haunt us.
In a nod to the decade that’s influenced them, the accompanying video for ‘The Age of the Machine’ has been draped with a flickering filter, visual effects and imagery that will be familiar for anyone whose experienced VHS players and the arcade games that feature so heavily.
Each new track they release lets us deeper into their world; adding another piece to what seems to be an ever-developing picture with increasing shades of colour.
The Age of the Machine is arguably the best example of the band’s inherent ability to strike a balance between the light and the dark, the track acts as proof that they are carving out their own niche in a city full of identikit indie bands, and their music, and indeed themselves as a band, are all the better for it.