Between May and June this year, Editors quickly recorded their seventh studio album, finishing after only a month. The band has been quiet since then, but it’s just a matter of time before all that glorious new music is available for us to hear. Luckily, we now have an update: Mixes are being completed! Editors frontman Tom Smith shared a cute picture of his dog, River. And like us, River is apparently excited to hear the new songs:
River, waiting for mixes
The mixing and mastering phase can take weeks or months, but mixes being finalized means we’re that much closer to a fully readied album. At this point, it’s possible we could hear a new song before the year is over. However, it’s more likely like that Editors’ seventh album won’t be out until sometime in 2022. Hopefully early on in the year.
All About Editors #7
Editors entered Chapel Studios to begin recording album #7 in May this year. (This is the same studio where they recorded their debut album, The Back Room.) Frontman Tom Smith had already written a lot throughout the past year, and it seems that he and the rest of Editors were developing the new songs as much as possible from their respective homes. It was just a matter of getting them all together again to lay down the tracks. A week after their first studio announcement, Editors revealed that Blanck Mass is also involved in the project.
Blanck Mass was heavily involved in the early part of Editors’ last studio album, Violence. The band later reworked the songs with producer Leo Abrahams, leading to the final version of their 2018 album. However, in 2019, fans got to hear those earlier versions on The Blanck Mass Sessions. (It included the mesmerizing, previously unreleased Violence song, “Barricades.”) The Blanck Mass versions of Editors’ Violence songs were more electronic and industrial. Will Editors’ next album continue in the Blanck Mass Sessions direction? Or will the collaboration lead to something different and unexpected?
We somewhat saw this collaboration coming, too. Twice last year, Editors frontman Tom Smith teased that he and Blanck Mass were “scheming,” the second time including two additional Editors band members in the virtual fun. It seems that these plans have been in the making for at least a year.
More From Editors
It’s been more than three years since Editors released their last studio album, Violence. In 2019, fans got the special album The Blanck Mass Sessions and the band’s first greatest hits compilation, Black Gold: Best Of Editors. It included three new songs: “Frankenstein,” “Black Gold,” and “Upside Down.”
We’ve gotten nothing strictly new since then, though last spring Editors did digitally release all four volumes of You Are Fading, the rarities compilations first included in their 2011 Unedited box set.
More From Tom Smith
Tom Smith has a lot of musical projects going on this year, not least of all the upcoming Editors album. Luckily, we already have some music to enjoy while we wait for that to come out.
Tom and fellow musician Andy Burrows released their second album together, Only Smith And Burrows Is Good Enough. It launched the singles “All The Best Moves,” “Old TV Shows,” “Parliament Hill,” and “I Want You Back In My Life.” A song called “Spaghetti” also got some attention in the promotion cycle.
At the end of May, Tom appeared on an enchanting song called “Night Travel,” taken from Solomun’s album, Nobody Is Not Loved. Then at the beginning of June, we got to hear his song “Digitize” with The Policy. That one also came with a music video.
Apparently quite productive during the pandemic, Tom recorded a “secret lockdown album” that’s reportedly electronica in sound. It’s unclear if this is a solo album or a new group of some kind. It’s also unclear when we’ll hear it, but given that it’s done, hopefully it won’t be too long. Tom has been working on an album with Italian composer Luca D’Alberto, too, which should be out soon enough.
Editors #7 Coming Soon
We can’t wait to hear the new Editors music! Thank you, River, for being as impatient for the final mixes as the fans are. With any luck, we’ll get to hear some of the new music before 2021 is over, though next year seems more likely for the full album. For now, catch up on all we know about their seventh album here. Keep checking back here for all the latest Editors music news.
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