The Pattern Forms (live) and Ghost Box Records (DJ set) will be in-store at Rough Trade East to launch 'Peel Away the Ivy', the new album released on the 21st October on Ghost Box Records.
6.00pm GHOST BOX (DJ) // 6.30pm PATTERN FORMS (live) // 7.15pm GHOST BOX (DJ) // 8.00pm Finish.
The Pattern Forms is a collaborative project between Ed Macfarlane and Edd Gibson of Friendly Fires and Jon Brooks of The Advisory Circle. Peel Away the Ivy is the culmination of a fruitful collaboration that followed on from a debut single for Ghost Box’s Other Voices singles series in 2015.
On the surface this is a romantic pop album, but its roots lie in both bands’ shared love of soundtracks and electronic library music of the 70s and 80s. The artists bring their own distinct sensibilities to the project but find a common ground that conjures up something entirely new to both. A balance of powerful pop hooks and sonic experimentation that masterfully evoke the melancholy of lost summers and lonely outsider reveries. Heartrending ballads are lifted away on soaring electronics with beautiful pastoral and kosmiche instrumentals forming perfect atmospheric interludes. Brooks and Macfarlane both have proven track records as outstanding producers and the sound here is, unsurprisingly, breath-taking. The lavish CD and LP packaging is designed by Julian House. The 180gm LP includes a free download card. There’ll also be an exclusive translucent green coloured vinyl version of the album available exclusively from Rough Trade.
The Pattern Forms
Since 2008, Mercury Prize nominated Friendly Fires have enjoyed global success and massive critical acclaim across two studio albums, regular festival appearances, and a wealth of remixes and collaborative projects.
Jon Brooks’ The Advisory Circle is one of the core acts of the Ghost Box record label, releasing four albums over a period of nine years. During that time, he’s also released a variety of material under his own name (and as Georges Vert) and in collaborations across several labels. His mixing and mastering skills are much sought after and he is responsible for some of the more challenging sonic restoration work for the re-issue label, Trunk Records.