Editors, an electronica pop/prog rock quartet from Birmingham,
England produce ambient music with vibrant guitar effects, dashing
bass echoes, and palpitating synth schemes with expressions lateral
to artists like Depeche Mode, Doves, Angels and Airwaves,
and Bronski Beat. Comprised of Tom Smith on lead vocals
and guitar, Chris Urbanowicz on lead guitar, Russell Leetch
on bass, and Ed Lay on drums, the members met while in college
at Stafford University, where they each studied Music Technology,
and it's the latest music technology which circumvents their compositions.
The cross sections of bass and guitar movements color and flux the
passages while Tom's bovine, alto-bass vocals pull and tweed motions
as the drums crease and streak the melodies. The video for their UK
hit single "Munich" has appeared on MTV and on every music
video channel across Europe. The beaded guitar sequences shimmer and
alight with a U2 styled resonance. The electronica impulses
on "Blood" create punctuations in the guitar lines and bass
pulls. The music is very attractive with a basset of thick, syrupy
vocals emitting a drowsy lure and palpitating grooves.
The dance/pop/electronica beats in "All Sparks" throb
with pulsating bass effects, catchy guitar phrases, and rhythmic
vocals that toll, "Be careful Angel/ Life is just too long/
All sparks will burn out in the end." While the atmospheric
mists in "Camera" protrude with rumbling bass and drum
rolls as the lyrics project meaningful images: "Look at us
through the lens of a camera/ Does it remove all of the pain."
The track "Fingers In The Factories" exudes a prog rock
esthetics with strong drum kicks, dazzling guitar vibrations, and
undertones of opulent synth effects. "Bullets" has a luminous
Depeche Mode style with expressive vocal pulses and shifts in the
tempo dynamics that seal the pieces tightly.
The album concludes with a gentle moving ballad "Distance"
that congeals rolling vocal caresses with tufts of chillout beats
draped by pulsing guitar tremors. Editors' record producer, Jim
Abbiss kept the arrangements focused and geared towards a nu-wave
dimension. The effects are prismatic and shine like crystals. There
is an opulence in the electronica shades and prog rock filaments that
create kinetic energy and swirling sensations.
Editors will be playing music festivals through the summer in Europe
and America and their tour schedule just keeps being extended with
5. All Sparks
7. Fingers In The Factories
9. Someone Says
10. Open Your Arms
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