Editors have unveiled their cinematic new single “Kiss,” the third offering from their forthcoming seventh studio album EBM, out September 23 via [PIAS].
The new album is the first Editors foray featuring new band member Benjamin John Power (Blanck Mass). With atmospheric disco synths, drum machines, and soaring falsetto vocals, singer Tom Smith describes the track as a “crying on the dancefloor banger.” At the same time, Benjamin John Power states that it “could almost be a Donna Summer song” if it wasn’t so heavy.
Accompanying “Kiss” is a gorgeous, surreal video. It’s an abstract take on the lyrics, featuring dancers Harry Ondrak-Wright and Rory Macleod, with choreography by Sophia Hurdley. The collaboration shows two men facing off in a parking garage, in a classic dance-fight sequence, then intertwining in a field. It is sensual, passionate, and beautifully directed by guitarist Justin Lockey and his brother James Lockey (Hand Held Cine Club).
“The idea of this video came out of a want to do something simple and abstract that didn’t read too deep into the lyrics or any kind of blow-by-blow literal take on the lyrics,” says Justin Lockey. “It was more about using the title to spark a theme to work on, using movement as the core medium. The idea I landed on would be to show the story of two souls constantly attracting and repelling each other, never quite fully coming together… until ultimately they succumb to being intertwined together for better or for worse.”
The forthcoming new album EBM takes its title from an acronym of Editors and Blanck Mass, but also refers to Electronic Body Music, which has hugely influenced Editors’ new material, building off sounds from classic bands like Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, and DAF.
Stream the new single “Kiss” here.
Editors have also recently announced European tour dates for October 2022, as well as seven shows in the UK and Ireland in early 2023, which will see them play London’s iconic Troxy, with further dates in Nottingham, Cambridge, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Bristol.
14 – Hear Hear Festival, Belgium
28 – Victorious Festival, UK
01 – Spain, Valencia, Repvblicca
02 – Spain, Bilbao, Santana 27
05 – Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Rockhal
06 – Netherlands, RTM Stage, Rotterdam Ahoy
07 – Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega,
09 – Germany, Hamburg, Edel-Optics Arena
10 – Germany, Leipzig, Haus Auensee
12 – Poland, Krakow, Club Studio
13 – Germany, Berlin, Max-Schmeling-Halle
15 – France, Paris, Olympia
16 – Switzerland, Lausanne, Les Docks
17 – Austria, Vienna, Gasometer
19 – Switzerland, Zurich, Volkshaus
20 – Italy, Milan Fabrique
21 – Italy, Bologna Unipol
23 – Germany, Munich, Zenith
24 – Germany, Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle
25 – Nottingham, Rock City
26 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
27 – Manchester, Academy
29 – Glasgow, Barrowland
30 – Dublin, National Stadium
01 – London, Troxy
02 – Bristol, Marble Factory