Thursday, July 23, 2009

Editors Shed Some 'Light'


I've been on a massive Editors kick as of late. Their 2005 debut, The Back Room, is still quite stellar, and sophomore LP, 2007's An End Has a Start, shows incredible growth and promise. So yeah, I am incredibly excited for Editors' new album, In This Light and on This Evening, out September 21.

NME -- via the band's official site -- recently posted remarks from frontman Tom Smith, who is growing especially tired of all questions regarding the band's 'dark' sound.

"I am so fucking bored of people asking us why we're so 'dark' ... or worse questioning our integrity for being this way. This is how we do it, it excites us to express ourselves like this, to be honest we don't even understand what the alternative is and the alternatives we can imagine are too boring for us to even consider."

Smith elaborated further on the album's noir aesthetic, adding: "But this is still a dark record, a record that sings of no God, a record of broken love songs, a record where the filthy city [London] is so close you can smell it, taste it, a record of drunken violence, a record which has lost all trust in those in charge of our world.

"We must be four miserable people to make a record like this though right? I must be troubled to write words like these?

"No, absolutely not, dark is interesting, dark is exciting, dark can be funny, there’s real life in the dark, real life IS dark, when an album feels like this the fragments of hope and love that do occasionally shine through shine through ten times brighter than they would normally do so."


Apparently, too, the synthesizer-heavy In This Light and on This Evening is a bit more sci-fi and influenced by films like Ridley Scott's 1982 movie, Blade Runner says NME.com. Produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, New Order), the album includes song titles like "Papillion," "Bricks and Mortar," "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool," and "Like Treasure."

What's up with the Blade Runner influences in music this year? First Doves, now Editors?

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