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Unsung bastions of the UK charts, Editors, have released a celebration of their career to date with ‘Black Gold’, a 16 track Best Of album spanning their 15 years together, with 8 exclusive stripped back recordings available in the deluxe version. A Greatest Hits tour will follow the release in early 2020 which will see them play shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow, London & further afield around Europe.

“To still be doing this is something I’m very proud of,” says singer Tom Smith. “These days longevity might not be seen as cool, but I think it is.” The album also includes 3 brand new tracks alongside the classics. “We’ve solidified what this new version of the band is, and I think the new songs show that the band are hungry.” added Smith.

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The three new offerings included in the album range from the fantastic (Frankenstein) to the tepid (Upside Down) with the title track ‘Black Gold’ acting as a neutral fence between the two as the band ventures into very modern territory, in the way that 80’s influence is regarded as modern these days. Their catalogue boasts consistent brilliance across all six albums, with the compilation serving as both a time machine and a welcome mat for Editors listeners who may not have completely delved into their vast array of songs.

Smith continued, “We’ve always felt like outsiders, but wanted to write songs that connect with people emotionally and resonate in a deeper way. That can sound pretentious and contrived, but there are people out there that our band mean a lot to. That’s what I always wanted.”

Where some aspects such as unnecessary track lengths or unsuitably sweetened pop hooks hinder, the lyricism rarely falls short of sublime. Profound turns of phrase such as “I bleed like a millionaire” (Hallelujah) bless nearly every single track, which when delivered in Tom Smith’s usual dark undertones, accompanied by masterful instrumental layering, present the Editors on the highest tier of UK alternative music; the podium on which they have resided for the past 15 years. Classic tracks to tick these boxes include synth-pop stomper Papillon & Indie dancefloor filler Munich. More sombre offerings No Harm & No Sound but the Wind portrays a more heartfelt side to Editors, showcasing their capabilities when dealing with both major hit productions and bare-it-all starkness.

An honourable mention is deserved of 2013 release ‘Formaldehyde’, which surprisingly fails to make the ‘Best Of’ cut.

Their influences are brazenly worn, particularly in A Ton of Love, that Will Sergeant could probably have a credible claim to royalties on. But this is not necessarily a negative. Their ability to apply nostalgia to their overall innovative sound may well be a contributing factor to their longevity. This approach has allowed them to tap into a vast fanbase of varying ages and interests. From post-punk to indie-rock to synth-pop to dance, there is certainly a place for Editors in most music lovers playlists, no matter how small it may be. 

The album is released tomorrow and available to order here.

MATTY DAGGER

‘BLACK GOLD’ TRACKLIST

Disc 1

1. Frankenstein

2. Papillon

3. Munich

4. Sugar

5. Hallelujah (So low)

6. An End Has A Start

7. Upside Down 8.Bullets

9. Ocean Of Night

10. No Harm

11. Smokers Outside Hospital Doors

12.A Ton Of Love

13. Magazine

14. The Racing Rats

15. Black Gold

16. No Sound But The Wind

Disc 2 (Deluxe Version only)

1. Violence (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

2. Walk The Fleet Road (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

3. Blood (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

4. Let Your Good Heart Lead You Home (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

5. Smokers Outside The Hospital Door (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

6. Fall (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

7. Two Hearted Spider (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

8. Distance (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

EDITORS GREATEST HITS TOUR ‪

Thu 30 Jan France, Paris – Salle Pleyel ‪

Fri 31 Jan Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle ‪

Sat 1 Feb Belgium, Antwerp – Sportpaleis ‪

Mon 3 Feb Germany, Berlin – Velodrom

‪Tue 4 Feb Poland, Krakow -Studio ‪

Wed 5 Feb Poland, Warsaw -Torwar ‪

Fri 7 Feb Austria, Vienna -Gasometer ‪

Sat 8 Feb Croatia, Zagreb – Dom Sportova Zagreb ‪

Mon 10 Feb Italy, Rome – Atlantico

‪Tue 11 Feb Italy, Milan – Alcatraz ‪

Wed 12 Feb Italy, Milan – Alcatraz ‪

Fri 14 Feb Switzerland, Zurich – Komplex 457 ‪

Sat 15 Feb Switzerland, Fribourg –

Fri-Son ‪Mon 17 Feb Spain, Madrid – The Box (Wizink Center) ‪

Tue 18 Feb Spain, Barcelona  Razzmatazz ‪

Thu 27 Feb UK, Birmingham – Arena Birmingham ‪

Fri 28 Feb UK, London – The SSE Arena Wembley

‪Sat 29 Feb UK, Manchester – O2 Apollo ‪

Mon 2 Mar Ireland, Dublin – Vicar Street

‪Tue 3 Mar UK, Glasgow – Barrowland ‪

Fri 27 Mar Greece, Thessaloniki – Principal Theatre ‪

Sat 28 Mar Greece, Athens – Tae Kwan Do Arena ‪

Wed 1 Apr Ukraine, Kiev – StereoPlaza ‪

Fri 3 Apr Russia, Moscow – GlavClub

‪Sat 4 Apr Russia, St. Petersburg – Morze

Mon 22 June Germany, Hamburg – Stadtpark ‪

Sat 27 June Netherlands, The Hague  Zuiderpark

Ticket details for all shows here: ‪https://www.editors-official.com/tour/

 

 

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