Editors – In Dream

Editors are one of those band that seems to come and go from the music scene, and this time, they’ve really brought something to the table.  ‘In Dream’ is the fifth studio album from the British band and really highlights the musical evolution that they have gone through.

The band are probably most known for their first album ‘The Back Room’, which was released in 2005.  They hit the scene when indie reigned supreme and due to Tom Smith’s memorable voice and their catchy hooks, they really stood out.  This record comes nearly a decade after their first and shows how much they have changed.  After two years away they are back with some new faces, an 80s influence, synthesisers and more of a raw sound.

‘In Dream’ is the first album to feature new members Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams alongside the original members of the group Tom Smith, Russell Leetch and Ed Lay, and features vocals from Slowdrive’s Rachel Goswell on the track ‘Oceans of the Night.’

The album is aptly named ‘In Dream’ and it certainly feels like it was a concept that was followed through on. Lyrics about oceans, planets, unicorns and of course love, accent and add to the magic of the theme.  You are eased in gently to this dream world with the first track ‘No Harm’ with minimal vocals that leaves you hazy, to the REM stages in ‘Salvation’ with a harsh opening of strings and lyrics like ‘you’re a unicorn dancing in the flames’, right through to the paranoid nightmare of the recently released ‘Life is a Fear’.  The tracks build up gradually until you are awake for ‘Marching Orders’ with an anthemic song complete with a heavy outro designed to leave a festival crowd wanting more.   The strongest songs are ‘Life is a Fear’, ‘All the Kings’ and ‘Marching Orders’ which all stand up to their back catalogue and are as strong and memorable as ‘Blood’ ‘Munich’ and ‘Sparks’.

It is well produced and every track feels like it has been crafted and put in a particular order and is not just chart of label fodder.  ‘No Harm’ could only be successful as an album opener and would not stand up against ‘Life is a Fear’, ‘Marching Orders’ and ‘All the Kings’ if it was released as a single.

The album is a great return to form and in a time where artists can’t rely on people buying a whole record, it’s a brave move to consider tracks that couldn’t be released as singles.