The Smile will release their debut album A Light For Attracting Attention on May 13, 2022 via XL Recordings. The 13-track album was produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Tracks feature strings by the London Contemporary Orchestra and a full brass section of contemporary UK jazz players including Byron Wallen, Theon and Nathaniel Cross, Chelsea Carmichael, Robert Stillman and Jason Yarde. The Smile, comprising Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner, have previously released the singles You Will Never Work in Television Again, The Smoke, and Skrting On The Surface.
The Smoke was also released as a dub remix by reggae producer Dennis Bovell. The Smile’s most recent single Pana-vision was released on 3 April and appeared in the finale of Peaky Blinders. The animated video for Pana-vision features artwork by Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood and Thom Yorke.
The brand new single Free In The Knowledge is out today, April 20, with an accompanying video directed by Leo Leigh. The track was first performed by Thom Yorke as part of the Letters Live event at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in December 2021, the first time Thom had performed since the pandemic began. Introducing the song, he dedicated it to all fellow UK musicians.
In January The Smile played three consecutive sold-out live shows over a 24- hour period in London. These shows were simultaneously livestreamed to a worldwide audience. The band begin their 2022 European tour on 16 May in Croatia, and will be performing UK dates in London, Edinburgh, and Manchester, before heading back into Europe, with a final performance in Taormina, Sicily, on 20 July. The dates include a performance at Down The Rabbit Hole festival in the Netherlands on 2 July and the Montreux
Jazz Festival on 20 July.
A Light For Attracting Attention
You Will Never Work in Television Again
Open The Floodgates
Free In The Knowledge
Waving A White Flag
We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings
Skrting On The Surface
Pre-order A Light For Attracting Attention by The Smile HERE