As part of John Foxx's Analogue event at the Roundhouse in Camden, Ghost Box have been invited to take part in discussion panel, along with author Iain Sinclair and John Foxx himself.
John Foxx and Benge at work in Play Studios
Julian and I were thrilled to be invited along to Benge's Play Studios to hear some tracks from the forthcoming album that the duo will be releasing under the name of John Foxx and the Maths late summer / autumn 2010. The tracks we were privileged to hear were incredible, Benge's synth museum providing an authentic and rich back bone to lyrics elegantly poised between the Romantic and the Ballardian.
Admittedly as a long time fan , I'm a little star struck and possibly prone to hyperbole, but this is my most eagerly awaited album release of the year. From what we heard this record will encapsulate the stark, newness of Metamatic, the soaring Romance of Foxx's epic 80s albums, the lush choral cloudscapes of Catherdral Oceans and Mirroball and the laser guided synth pop of Shifitng City. Whats more its sounds thoroughly contemporary and I think will be adored by the current generation of artists influenced, unconsciously or not, by Mr. Foxx's oeuvre.
Here's a sneak preview of an uncut promo...
The main event at the Roundhouse on 5th June of course is the live show, which will be performed on a an impressive array of analogue gear. As well as Benge, John Foxx will be joined on stage by former Ultravox guitarist, Robin Simon.
And finally its anoraks on for the live kit list...
Moog Mini x 2
Moog Modular plus Sequencers
Moog Opus 3
Roland Modular System 100m x 10 Modules
Roland Juno 60
Sequential Circuits Multitrack
Amdek Percussion Synthesizer
Boss Dr Rhythm
Effects and Processors:
Furman Spring Reverb
Ibanez AD80 Analog Delay
MXR Phase 100