The timeless ‘Bullets’, by Birmingham’s Editors, sounds like it was recorded in the past (probably about 1979) yet also sounds thoroughly 21st century.
Editors join the love-as-a-disease metaphor to a big important sounding production with lots of heart rending chiming guitars. ‘Bullets’ sounds like it can only be played by earnest looking men in big raincoats a la Echo & The Bunnymen at their finest yet retains a classic pop suss.
Mention must also be made of ‘You Are Fading’, a flag waving, mini epic that lyrically says absolutely nothing at all yet musically sounds fucking fantastic. Plus, and I do hope one of the ‘Match Of The Day’ producers are reading this, ‘You Are Fading’ would sound great set to football.
Also, it’s telling that Editors have chosen a relaunched Kitchenware as their home. This Newcastle based label was for a time during the 80s seen as a benchmark of quality being home to at one time or another Fatima Mansions, Martin Stephenson And The Daintees, and, er, Prefab Sprout. There’s no reason why Editors can’t put Kitchenware, and indeed themselves, firmly back on the musical map.
8Anthony Gibbons's Score