If Orwell were to designate a soundtrack to the dystopian society he created in 1984, it would probably sound a lot like In This Light and on This Evening. Editors' singer and lyricist, Tom Smith, growls about broken love, drunken violence and lack of God on a record where "the filthy city is so close you can smell and taste it." The electronic bleeps and chilling synths deepen the dark lyrics, which depict the scary reality of nighttime London.
Back in 2005, Editors introduced themselves to the world with an album of menacing guitar stabs that pierced the air with jangly hooks. In This Light, their third album, finds them at their gloomiest. Here, they tread the lonely, ominous territory recently explored by Franz Ferdinand and the Twilight Sad. The cold, digital throb explores the growing distance between people in a world more connected than ever. Yet just when you think the world is going to end, they close the album with the layered, swooning vocals of "Walk the Fleet Road," a gospel-inspired tune that reminds us that hope is still palpable. — Danielle Sills