The Smile have announced new album "Wall Of Eyes" and shared the title track.
The new album from the Radiohead side project – comprising Jonny Greenwood, bandmate Thom Yorke and former Sons Of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – is due out on January 26 via XL Recordings.
The band have also announced news of a UK and European tour for 2024, where they’ll open at Dublin’s 3Arena on March 7 and finish up with a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on March 23. General sale tickets go live at 9am GMT on Friday, November 17.
Title track "Wall Of Eyes" is out now and comes with a video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Reports emerged this weekend that the legendary director had worked with the band on a new video. Guitarist Greenwood has previously scored the music for Anderson’s films including "Licorice Pizza", "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master".
"Wall Of Eyes" is the follow-up to their 2022 debut LP "A Light For Attracting Attention". The new album was recorded between Oxford and Abbey Road Studios, and is produced and mixed by previous collaborator Sam Petts-Davies. It also features string arrangements by the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Earlier this year, Greenwood said The Smile had “a big backlog of ideas” for new music.
“The frustration of having not had access to playing in a band for a couple of years [has] just built up a big backlog of ideas,” he told Consequence. “We’re still firing off each other, and it feels productive. So, while that’s happening, we just wanna keep moving forward, I think.”