No Sound But the Wind

Album: In This Light and On This Evening (2009)


  • Editors first played this song at the Glastonbury festival 2008 before recording it the following year for their In This Light and on This Evening album.
  • The song has gone through many changes; one different version was recorded for The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack in 2009 featuring several new lyrics. It features in a scene where Edward drives Bella home from the Cullens' house after the vote on her becoming a vampire.
  • "No Sound But the Wind" quickly become established as part of Editors' live shows and a fan favourite. A live performance from the Belgian festival Rock Werchter was released as a single in some European countries in 2010. It topped the charts in Belgium, making it Editors' second #1 hit in that country (the first being "Papillon").
  • Editors released yet another version for their 2018 album Violence, this time featuring some delicate production by Leo Abrahams. The band explained the reasoning behind the reworking in a track by track interview with Consequence of Sound:

    "It's quite well known in some countries, and it may seem slightly strange that it appears here, but we never though we presented it quite as well as it should have been. As with 'Magazine', it had some unfinished business to attend too. Leo was really keen on bringing us all into the song but to keep it really somber and sparse as it's really the only moment of quiet reflection on the record."
  • Editors vocalist Tom Smith was inspired to write the song after reading Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road. He told Billboard:

    "In the book The Road, it's obviously a post-apocalyptic kind of land but in my song it's more of just, you know, protection of innocence of like 'Why the world…?'"
  • Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright whose stories span the Southern Gothic, Western, and modernist genres. His 2006 apocalyptic novel The Road received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other songs on our database inspired by McCarthy's works include:

    "Major Minus" by Coldplay.

    "Breathe" by U2.

    "Pray For Rain" by Massive Attack.

    "As He Climbed the Dark Mountain" by Thursday.

    "The Road" by Hurts.


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