No special effects in light or decor were needed for the presentation of their fifth album, just frontman Tom Smith's sense of drama and theatrical moves were perfectly fitting to support the Editors' fifth, more minimalist and electronic album visually.
Starting the concert with the obscurely pressing first song on the album, No Harm left quite an impression, but was quickly followed by some songs of their previous albums, making the differences between the old and new more apparent, and sending a sigh of relief through the audience, which happily sang along to the songs they knew. Despite having a cold, Tom Smith and the rest of the band managed to show even more enthusiasm than I have seen of them before, like the new album brought in new energy.
This new energy, which is a lot darker than their last album The weight of your love, seems to continue the vibe of their first three albums, but with the more bombastic use of synthesizer and less guitar riffs, giving In Dream a dark type of 80's pop feel from time to time. Life is a fear and Our Love might be the ultimate examples of this.
Salvation brings the orotund vocal and instrumental together live, although this might not come across as well on the album version. Later, Ocean of night gets everyone dancing, or at least hopping along to the catchy beat. On the album it introduces Rachel Goswell here in the backing vocals, but her sighing voice will shine later in The Law as the only duet on In Dream.
Ofcourse an Editors concert doesn't end until Papillon. But the long encore begins with a touching acoustic version of Smokers outside the hospital doors.
All in all, I was pleasently surprised, both by the concert, which was only announced a few days before the album came out, as by the new album. Where the last one slightly disappointed, In Dream makes up for it with some darker vibes we could expect from Editors, mixed with new directions and old references.