Marie & The Atom

Marie & The Atom made music that dealt with moods and rhythms which exist outside the usual space and gait of life.

“Precise harmonious tone poems,” Rip It Up writer Jewel Sanyo called it, delivered over a constant (percussive) refrain that took the listener through a landscape of voice, strings and chilled harmony.

Gill Civil, Virginia Were
Yellow Read Aloud, Marie & the Atom (side one label, Flying Nun 45rpm 12", 1983)
Spit It Out, Marie & the Atom (12" EP, Flying Nun, 1985)
Yellow Read Aloud, Marie & the Atom (Flying Nun 12" 45rpm EP, 1983)
Virginia Were, Gill Civil
She Said, Marie & the Atom (cassette-only EP, Industrial Tapes, 1984). This was recorded in December 1983 at a concert at the Synagogue with the Kiwi Animal and Papakura Post Office.

Gill Civil - keyboards, vocals

Sara Westwood - viola, violin, keyboards, accordion

Virginia Were - guitar, vocals


Gill Civil is now a highly successful Canadian based pianist and composer.


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