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Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood’s band The Smile share dreamy song ‘The Smoke’

'The Smoke' follows their debut single 'You Will Never Work In Television Again'

By Charlotte Krol

Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke and Tom Skinner of The Smile pose in a black-and-white press shot
The Smile. (Picture: y Alex Lake)

The Smile have shared their second single, ‘The Smoke’.

The band, which comprises Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons Of Kemet’s Tom Skinner, have today (January 27) released the lyric video for their latest song.

It follows their debut single, ‘You Will Never Work In Television Again‘, which was released earlier this month.

Watch the lyric video for ‘The Smoke’, which is helmed by BAFTA-winning writer and director Mark Jenkin, below.

Last month Yorke performed ‘Free In The Knowledge’, an unreleased The Smile song, live that was only previously heard during a rehearsal broadcast on Instagram earlier last December. Pro-shot footage from his appearance at the ‘Letters Live’ event held at the Royal Albert Hall on October 30, 2021 emerged at the end of last year.

The event, described as “a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence,” featured music from Yorke, Laura MvulaGabriels and Tom Odell as well as a star-studded lineup of artists reading famous letters from history including Brian CoxDaisy Ridley and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Yorke himself read ‘It’s a Virus’, a 2002 letter from Tom Waits to The Nation magazine in which he railed against musicians licensing their work for advertisements.

More new music is promised from The Smile band soon.

In the meantime, this weekend the band will play three consecutive live shows across 16 hours and three time zones at Magazine London (January 29-30).

The three shows – in-person tickets to which have sold out – will be broadcast simultaneously in real time to a global audience. Head here to learn more about the in-the-round performances from London, including information about which independent venues and cinemas in the UK, Europe and the US will broadcast the band’s live debut shows.

The show times are as follows: Broadcast one: London – 8pm Saturday / New York – 3pm Saturday. / Los Angeles – 12pm Saturday / Sydney – 7am Sunday / Tokyo – 5am Sunday. Broadcast two: London – 1am Sunday. / New York – 8pm Saturday / Los Angeles – 5pm Saturday / Sydney – 12pm Sunday / Tokyo – 10am Sunday. Broadcast three: London – 11am Sunday/ New York – 6am Sunday / Los Angeles – 3am Sunday / Sydney – 10pm Sunday / Tokyo – 8pm Sunday.

All three performances will also be available to ticketholders as unlimited on-demand replays for 48 hours from 2pm GMT this Sunday (January 30).