Collaborative project between Edward Gibson and Edward Macfarlane of Friendly Fires, and Jon Brooks of Hintermass. The Pattern Forms is 80s soundtrack inspired, from heart warming ballads, to city nighttime drives, to youthful exuberance, loved and lost. All built on a bed of synths, vocal harmonies, and blissed out hooks.
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Much to Phil's utter horror the latest release on Ghostbox comes hurtling out of the soft warm glow of 70s kids programmes straight into the cold, hard decade we knew as the 1980s. This is a collaboration between the Advisory Circle's Jon Brooks and a couple of the Friendly Fires lads. As the former is involved there are still a lot of banks of synths involved and the sort of super-sized squelchy analogue keys you might find at a Jean Michel Jarre concert. When they write instrumentals such as 'Don't Let Me Dream' we are deep into Vangelis territory but the vocal tracks are kind of chillwave (a phrase I think we are still allowed to use).
Tracks like 'A Simple Walk' are the sort of things I will love as they sound like Prefab Sprout or the Blue Nile. All hi-end synth washes perfect for in store hi-fi system demonstrations. They always keep a hint of those organic synth tones that are unique to the Ghost Box label but big stadium leaning hits like 'Black Rain' might come as a shock to some.
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