Editors – You are Fading I-IV

It’s been a while since I last mentioned Editors, and when I say “a while”, I mean “nearly five years”. Since then, they’ve released a couple of albums which I’ve enjoyed, but didn’t get round to posting about.

And while they’re considering their next work, they’ve had a bit of a rummage through the vaults, and put together a couple of packages for fans. First, there’s the really quite remarkably complete (and expensive) box set called Editors Unedited. This has all three albums on CD, vinyl and download[1] and a book with lots of stuff in it. Perhaps more interestingly, it includes four extra CDs of b-sides, unreleased tracks and other such things. Now those would be nice to have, but not £130 nice, if you see what I mean.

The good news is that they’re also selling those extra tracks as a download only package at a more wallet-friendly £10.99. Points added for being able to pay by PayPal as well as giving them credit card details, but points deducted for using a weird Java applet thingy downloader. It worked well enough, but the security warnings were a bit annoying.

Having listened to all the tracks once, I’m pretty happy. It’s all very Editors-y, which if you like Editors, is definitely a Good Thing, and if you don’t, you probably aren’t reading this anyway. Some of the songs would appear to be demos of previously released tracks, or at least wildly different versions.

I’d particularly like to mention Every Little Piece, which sounded like something I’d heard before, but wasn’t quite. It’s a more stripped down take on a track from the band’s second album, An End Has a Start. The album version is called The Weight of the World, and in that incarnation, it had a lot more stuff on it – more electronic soundwashes or something like that. The more basic version here lets the actual song shine through so much more clearly.

And there’s a lot more to enjoy. Recommended.

[1] Presumably you get a magic code when you buy. Either that or the box comes with a really long cable