Corker/Conboy is a functional moniker for Adrian Corker (b. England) and Paul Conboy (b. England), a London, England-based duo who also record under the Ape and Soul Circuit alter egos and have soundtrack composer credits for Antonia Bird’s films, Care and Face. Their debut appearance as Corker/Conboy was in 2002 on the Vertical Form label compilation Pro-Bono Publico, alongside Kim Hiorthøy, Pan American, and ISO-68. Corker/Conboy draw overtly on the influence of Latin, African and Brazilian music, Chicago post-rock (such as Tortoise, the Sea And Cake and Aerial M) and mariachi music, and cite Norwegian experimentalist jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek and improvisatory Swiss drummer Pierre Favre as particular inspirations. Invigorated by such stimuli, Corker/Conboy create a subtle, intricate, and frequently melancholic music whose main imperative seems to be loveliness. Acoustic guitar, low-key percussion patterns, and subtle programming/overdubs are merged to delightful, sophisticated effect. Although 2003’s In Light Of That Learnt Later was credited to its core songwriters, Corker and Conboy were augmented on the release by percussionist Steve Carey and trumpeter Ian Dixon, plus engineers Jono Podmore and Luke Gifford.
Following the release of their debut, Corker and Conboy helped out Tim Simenon on his new Bomb The Bass recording before beginning work on another album. Recorded with the help of guest musicians including Will Husband (guitar), John Matthias (strings) and Ian Dixon (trumpet), Radiant Idiot was released in early 2004.