Widely considered to be the most relaxing track in the world – Neuroscience says listening to ‘Weightless’ reduces anxiety by up to 65%.
“Marconi Union are amongst today’s most talented musicians”
“Marconi Union have steadily released albums of pristine, clinical electronic music over the last decade… continuing to refine their art in minimalist fashion and placing MU firmly in the vanguard of acts making atmospheric, ambient music”
“The world’s most relaxing song”
Time Magazine (Best Inventions of the Year)
“One of the most popular ambient tracks of all time”
“Scientifically proven to bring people’s pulse rates down’
Weightless (253 Edit) is a new 4 minute edit of this iconic track from UK band Marconi Union
The original 8 minute version of ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union, released by Just Music, tops a scientific list of tracks as the most relaxing piece of music of all time, to date achieving worldwide acclaim and more than 150 million streams worldwide.
Marconi Union are widely considered to be one of the leading ambient acts in the world, continuously appearing in many lists as the most important contemporary ambient artists around today, with 9 studio albums released over the last 15 years, and a new 10th album to be released later this year.
‘Weightless’ was originally created when Marconi Union were asked to write a piece of relaxing music in consultation with a leading sound therapist. When ‘Weightless’ was tested, scientists reported that their research indicated that the music slowed the heart rate, reduced blood pressure and decreased levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone that is released in response to stress. Participants who listened to the song experienced a 65% reduction in overall anxiety and their resting heart rates were brought to a level 35% lower than their usual physiological resting rates.
It is a beautiful combination of arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines featuring guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes. It works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener using a process known as ‘entrainment’ taking the listener into a deep state of calm.
The phenomenal success of the original 8 minute ‘Weightless’ track to date includes:-
No 1. Official Billboard New Age Songs Charts for well over 1 year
Top 5. Official Billboard New Age Songs Charts for 124 weeks
More than 60 million You Tube (Official Videos) views
More than 55.25 million Spotify streams
More than 17 million iTunes streams
More than ¼ million iTunes downloads
Consistently topping the Amazon Ambient Music Bestsellers lists
The story has been picked up virally so far by CBS News, Yahoo, Livestrong.com. Huffington Post, Fox News, Wake Up World, Essence.com. Boots, Tesco and to name but a few and literally hundreds of other websites, TV, Radio and Magazines worldwide.
Marconi Union went on to record an album – Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol 2) which includes the original Weightless track together with five more tracks, the latter derived from the ideas of the former, simply entitled Part 1 to Part 6. The album has charted in the iTunes Electronic Charts, the Billboard New Age Albums charts and the UK Independent Albums Chart.
In response to public demand they have also created a 30 minute and a 10-hour version.
“Sleepless nights could be a thing of the past thanks to Marconi Union. They have created a song they called Weightless which has become, officially, the most relaxing song ever. It is so effective drivers are being warned not to put it on the car stereo.”
“The world’s most relaxing song”
The Daily Mail
“Stress relief in a song”
“I can’t remember a point in my life when I wasn’t playing music – it’s always had a hold on me,” says Marconi Union’s Richard Talbot, “Sometimes I wish it hadn’t.”
The Marconi Union sound has quietly whispered its way into the consciousness of those searching out ambient music. Their music is continuing to develop a style of its own with each release, yet across all of their albums there are streaks of black humour and pools of shimmering beauty revealed in their slow undulating groove. And however bleak things might sometimes sound, there’s always a glimmer of hope, a faint glint on the horizon.
After fourteen years of writing and performing and eight studio albums, most notably Weightless and Ghost Stations, the reclusive trio from Manchester– 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 composition