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More Info:Since their 2005 breakthrough album The Back Room, UK alternative rock icons Editors have become synonymous with dark, brooding experimental indie-rock songs that have often drawn comparisons to their American counterparts such as The National and Interpol and European heritage acts like Echo & The Bunnymen and U2. While these comparisons fairly reflect the gene pool that gave rise to these enigmatic Brits, it doesnít accurately describe the originality and range in singer Tom Smithís voice, or the dark, cinematic elegance in the bandís musical compositions.
Recorded in the remote West of Scotland, the bandís fifth album IN DREAM (and the second with new members) demonstrates the forces that continue to motivate and encourage the band to create in the second decade of their existence. In many ways, the album is the rightful continuation of 2009ís UK #1 charting ĎIn This Light And On This Eveningí, Editors first shift towards a more expansive musical palette. Permeated by atmospheric synths, dance club beats, stately keyboard runs and all manner of glitches and whirrs along with the traditional guitar, bass and drums, IN DREAM takes that third albumís 80ís experimentalisms and adds in additional flavor from the ambient and cinematic worlds. Recalling (in a very Editors way) the pop sensibilities of all manner of new and old sounds from the 80ís UK pop explosion to the leftfield hip-hop worlds of The Weeknd, this is a big expansive statement that will touch several generations of American alternative rock fans and Anglophiles. It is an album driven, in Smithís words, by a desire Ďto be both pop and experimentalí, sentiments which once lay at the heart of much of the UKís music output but are less obvious in recent times.