Thursday, October 15, 2009

hot butterfly

One of my absolute favorite songs at the moment is "Papillon" by Editors. It's a world away from their previous, guitar oriented efforts. I've got to admit that I much prefer this new, brooding, spooky, electro goth direction.

Lead singer, Tom Smith, is definitely channeling equal parts Scott Walker and Dave Gahan. The track is like the best, synthy bits of Gary Numan, Depeche Mode and even a touch of early Spandau Ballet. Seriously! Go and have a listen to songs like "Musclebound", "The Freeze" and "To Cut A Long Story Short".

I'm sure their bold, new direction has a lot to do with bringing on Flood as the producer for the project. He was responsible for numerous albums by Depeche Mode and Erasure, among others.

"Papillon" is from their forthcoming, third longplayer, "In This Light And On This Evening". I'm sure this will be spinning on my old victrola for many months to come. By the way, the Tiesto remix is the jammy jam. It's just as tasty as the original version.

Question. Is a sleep twitch like a Charlie horse? Send me your thoughts on a cocktail napkin, please.


  1. I wholeheartedly agree on this one. I was talked into attending their Denver show a few years back and I was blown away. They are amazing live and they do justice to the post-punk bliss we enjoyed in the 80s. David Gahan...yes...Scott Walker...maybe...a little Ian Curtis influence in there as well? Paplillion makes me want to DJ again. Dear Editors, keep bringin' the synths back!! Thanks for bringing this one to light Vinny. Well done!

  2. @David - OMG! How did I miss the Ian Curtis influence. You are SO right. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

  3. There's always been far more Ian Curtis and Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen) than Dave Gahan and Scott Walker.

    On my album ive added the 'Executive' track from the Cicada album on which Tom sings. Plus 'Bonny', their beautiful Prefab Sprout cover.

  4. Tom in Portsmouth, NH (USA)September 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Better late than never, I suppose! Never heard of these guys before, but I'm glad I did now. This song is awesome...and so are you, Vinny. Thanks!

  5. @Tom in Portsmouth, NH (USA) -Thanks for the kind words. Glad you found something new! I hope you find more in my little corner of the blogosphere. :)