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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 more dates.

-Susan Frances

1. Lights
2. Munich
3. Blood
4. Fall
5. All Sparks
6. Camera
7. Fingers In The Factories
8. Bullets
9. Someone Says
10. Open Your Arms
11. Distance

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