Editors have spent the last two weeks teasing their upcoming music, and the big day is finally here. The band just released “Magazine,” the first single from their forthcoming album, Violence. Editors frontman Tom Smith joined Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 to premiere “Magazine” last night. The song is energetic, deftly blending the band’s more rock roots with their electronic sensibilities. It’s surprisingly radio-friendly, though it may take a few listens to really stick. But once it does, it’s up there with the best Editors tracks.
Lyrically, “Magazine” takes a jab at the smarmy people who hold powerful positions. Editors may be based in the UK, but here in the States, it feels all too relevant. As the band described to Jo Whiley,
[“Magazine” is] a pointed finger aimed at those in power… some corrupt politician or businessman… a character, and a tongue in cheek poke at the empty posturing and playing to the masses of the power hungry.
The song’s music video, directed by Rahi Rezvani, brings that message to life. It show a group of people, dressed in their business-formal best, break out in a fight, tearing at each other’s clothes in the process. Meanwhile, Tom Smith plays the role of instigator, dressed like a politician or businessman and showing off his sickest dance moves. It’s a different video for Editors that demands endless replays.
Check out the music video for “Magazine” below.
“Magazine” is just our first taste of Editors’ upcoming record, Violence, set to be released on March 9th. Following 2015’s In Dream, it’s the band’s sixth studio album. Clever, given how the all-caps title starts with VI – the Roman numerals for six.
The album will include nine songs on its standard release and an additional two on the CD boxset. We’ve been graced with “Magazine” already, though one surprising inclusion is “No Sound But The Wind,” a song fans have known since 2008. The band first played it a live a full decade ago. In 2009, a demo of the song appeared on the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack. In 2010, a Belgium edition of Editors’ third album, In This Light And On This Evening, included a live recording of “No Sound But The Wind” as a bonus track. A full-band recording of the song also appeared in their 2011 Unedited boxset. It will be interesting to hear the newest version of “No Sound But The Wind.”
Check out the full tracklisting for Violence below. The first nine tracks are on the standard edition. Tracks 10 and 11 are only available on the CD boxset.
- Hallelujah (So Low)
- Darkness At The Door
- No Sound But The Wind
- Counting Spooks
- The Pulse
- When We Were Angels
Musically, fans can expect Violence to offer up something for everyone. Tom Smith described the new music to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 last night during the premiere of “Magazine”:
We had a lot of help from a guy called Blanck Mass, who makes very brutal electronic music. So when it’s electronic, it’s very electronic. But then when it’s guitar-y, it’s very band driven. I think we’ve managed to find the balance of those two things better than we have done before.
Over the years, we’ve gone from backwards between more band-orientated sounding records and more electronic records. I think there’s a balance here between melody and brutality that I don’t think we’ve managed to get before.
There’s a thread on a lot of these songs – the need for human connection or coming together as people; an intimacy, with a loved one or a friend, as an escape from the outside world.
We at Hidden Jams love both the rock and the electronic sides of Editors. It will be exciting to hear how they work together. If “Magazine” is anything to go off of, Violence will be a huge success.
We just have two months until Violence comes out. Enjoy “Magazine,” and keep checking back here for all the latest Editors music news.