The Smile is Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, plus Tom Skinner of Sons Of Kemet. Their debut full-length is A Light For Attracting Attention.
“Not The Smile as in ha-ha-ha, more the Smile as in the guy who lies to you every day”... so speaks Thom Yorke on the inspiration behind the name of the new trio consisting of himself, his Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood, and drummer Tom Skinner of UK jazz outfit Sons Of Kemet.
The description is borne out by the Smile’s acerbic first single “You Will Never Work In Television Again,” a 2:48 blast of ragged, raw energy that moved The New York Times to rave: “Over a bruising 5/4 beat and flailing guitars climbing through three chords, Yorke snarl-sings his avenging fury at ‘some gangster troll promising the moon’ who’d devour ‘all those beautiful young hopes and dreams,’ and you can almost feel the spittle flying.”
Additional singles “The Smoke” and “Pana-Vision,” which closed the series finale of hit show Peaky Blinders in epic fashion, followed with equal critical acclaim. All are collected on the Smile’s first album, A Light For Attracting Attention, produced by Nigel Godrich and mastered by Bob Ludwig. You’ll also find tracks featuring 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.