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Alternative & Indie - Released May 3, 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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While working on their sixth full-length, Violence, English rock band Editors recorded their own version before handing it over to electronic noise maestro Benjamin John Power (aka Blanck Mass), who put his own experimentally expansive spin on the tracks. Producer Leo Abrahams balanced the two extremes, resulting in what would become the final version of the album, issued in March 2018. A year later, Editors decided to give the Blanck Mass versions an official release. The Blanck Mass Sessions includes those distorted alternate visions of seven tracks from Violence (everything but "No Sound But the Wind" and "Belong"), adding previously unreleased track "Barricades." These synth-based doppelgangers amplify the digital dread and anxiety, paring away much of the guitar groove and live drumming from the originals while slathering atmospheric layers over it all. The original post-chorus squall on "Hallelujah (So Low)" transforms into a bright exploration that frosts down-tuned guitars with icy synths, resulting in a blend that might be the offspring of Bastille and Nine Inch Nails. Other highlights include a fuzzed-out take on "Nothingness" that echoes a Radiohead B-side and a towering reimagining of "Counting Spooks" that is split between an epic opening half that descends into electro-pop bliss reminiscent of a Depeche Mode remix. Elsewhere, "Violence" and "Magazine" clash and clang, providing ample remixes to the originals without changing too much of the formula. The only misstep on the album is "Darkness at the Door," which burdens the soaring original with a cluttered, atonal approach that is viscerally unsettling. Overall, hearing the early versions that preceded the final product is a delightful behind-the-scenes peek into the recording process. As a sonic complement to Violence, Blanck Mass Sessions offers a fresh perspective on one of Editors' finest albums to date. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 9, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Done are the conflations with Interpol: the British Editors have finally taken off. The programme includes: civilized rock rather than frankly violent, just to make their album title lie. Violence bursts out left and right: pop for the big nights à la Arcade Fire on Magazine, grump ballad with No Sound But The Wind, 80s synthesizers on Counting Spooks. More controlled, more thought out, this fifth opus benefits from the input of Benjamin John Powers aka Blanck Mass, one half of Fuck Buttons, whose brutal but melodic noise of World Eater (2017) had caused the excitement of singer Tom Smith. To avoid diving into the extreme, Editors called someone else, the prolific Leo Abrahams—who often works behind the scenes with Brian Eno, David Byrne and Carl Barât—to rebalance it as a whole. It’s a big surprise. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Rock - Released October 12, 2009 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 25, 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 27, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 2, 2010 | Play It Again Sam

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Dance - Released November 9, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 1, 2013 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 22, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 17, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 2, 2013 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 17, 2013 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 21, 2018 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 16, 2019 | Play It Again Sam

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