Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane to release new compilation album

'Glistens' will feature a compilation of "rare, unreleased 80s synth soundtracks from the dawn of digital"

Ed Macfarlane will release a new compilation album, ‘Glistens’, tomorrow (November 4).

The Friendly Fires frontman has teamed up with Universal Publishing Production Music for the new project, who have also worked with The Horrors‘ synthesizer player Tom Furse in the past.

‘Glistens’ is made up of 18 tracks that are a compilation of “rare, unreleased 80s synth soundtracks from the dawn of digital.” It will be released on digital and physical formats tomorrow: a deluxe gatefold vinyl will be available, while downloads can be accessed through


Speaking about the new release, Macfarlane revealed the particular inspiration behind his diverse choice of tracks, as well as his instructions for how one should listen to the new compilation.

“I grew up in the era of digital synthesis,” the 32-year-old said. “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.

“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.”

Tomorrow will also see Macfarlane be present at the event ‘A Seasonal Festival of Light’ in London to celebrate the launch.

Friendly Fires last released an album in 2011. ‘Pala’ followed their self-titled debut, which came out in 2008. The band’s last recorded piece of music surfaced in 2014, with the Asphodells collaboration ‘Velo’.