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Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane releases 80s synth compilation

By | Published on Friday 4 November 2016

Ed Macfarlane

Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane has compiled a new collection of rare and unreleased 80s synth soundtracks from Universal Publishing Production Music’s Chappell label. The snappily titled ‘Glistens: A Library Compilation by Ed Macfarlane’ is out today.

“I grew up in the era of digital synthesis”, says Macfarlane. “I vividly remember encountering my first synth as a child. Once I had filtered through the dull presets, I arrived at the special sounds that shimmered with an otherworldly and futuristic atmosphere. They immediately transported me to ‘Tron’-esque landscapes and into pixelated arcade computer screens”.

He continues: “For maximum effect, listen to this compilation immersed in a sea of dry ice, with lasers on full and a pair of diffraction glasses wrapped firmly around your head. If this is not possible, simply let these tracks shimmer and glisten before your eyes”.

Fuck’s sake, I’ve literally just packed all my lasers away. Oh well, you can listen to the whole compilation on the UPPM website, and here’s a track from the collection, ‘Second Ordeal’:



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