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The Smile announce debut album ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’

The supergroup, which features Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, have also shared 'Free In The Knowledge'

By Nick Reilly

The Smile (Credit: Alex Lake)
The Smile (Credit: Alex Lake)

The Smile, the side project of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, have announced details of their debut solo album as well as sharing new track ‘Free In The Knowledge’.

The group, which also features Son Of Kemet’s Tom Skinner, will debut ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’ on 13 May via XL Recordings.

Produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich, the 13-track album features tracks with 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.

It comes after the group previously debuted the tracks ‘Pan-Avision’, Skrting On The Surface‘, ‘The Smoke‘ and their debut single, ‘You Will Never Work In Television Again‘, which all arrived earlier this year. You can listen to ‘Free In The Knowledge’ below, as well as checking out the track-list for the new album.

  1. ‘The Same’
  2. ‘The Opposite’
  3. ‘You Will Never Work in Television Again’
  4. ‘Pana-vision’
  5. ‘The Smoke’
  6. ‘Speech Bubbles’
  7. ‘Thin Thing’
  8. ‘Open The Floodgates’
  9. ‘Free In The Knowledge’
  10. ‘A Hairdryer’
  11. ‘Waving A White Flag’
  12. ‘We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings’
  13. ‘Skrting On The Surface’

In February they also followed their debut live gigs with news of a further run of shows in May. They will kick off in Europe, with four UK shows including two at London’s Roundhouse. Tickets can be purchased here.

You can find The Smile’s full tour schedule below.

MAY 2022
16 – Zagreb, Hala
17 – Vienna, Gasometer
19 – Prague, Forum Karlin
20 – Berlin, Tempodrom
23 – Stockholm, Cirkus
24 – Oslo, Sentrum Scene
27 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
29 – London, Roundhouse
30 – London, Roundhouse

JUNE 2022
1 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
2 – Manchester, Albert Hall
4 – Lille, L’Aéronef
6 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris
7 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris
8 – Lyon, Les Nuits de Fourvière
10 – Barcelona, Primavera Sound
12 – Dijon, Festival VYV Les Solidarites
24 – Reims, La Magnifique Society
25 – Werchter, TW Classic Festival
27 – Luxembourg, The Neumünster Abbaye
29 – Gdynia, Open’er Festival

JULY 2022
5 – Barcelona, Poble Espanyol
6 – Madrid, Noches del Botánico
8 – Lisbon, Coliseum
11 – Nimes, Festival de Nimes
12 – Montreux, Montreux Jazz Festival
14 – Milan, Fabrique Milano
15 – Ferrara, Piazza Trento Trieste
17 – Macerata MC – Arena Sferisterio
18 – Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica
20 – Taormina, Teatro Antico di Taormina