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The Smile Reveal Details for Debut Album A Light for Attracting Attention

The Radiohead side project also share new single "Free in the Knowledge"
The Smile
(Credit: Alex Lake)

So far, Radiohead side-project The Smile has only released a trio of singles and a lengthy livestream. There hadn’t been any news about a Smile full-length — until today.

Light for Attracting Attention will be out on May 13, 2022 on XL Recordings. The album was produced by frequent Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner enlisted a string component by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Other guests include Byron Wallen, Theon and Nathaniel Cross, Chelsea Carmichael, Robert Stillman, and Jason Yarde.

The Smile shared their third song on Wednesday. If you recognize “Free in the Knowledge,” there’s a reason why. The song was performed by Thom Yorke as part of the Letters Live event at London’s Royal Albert Hall last December.

“Free in the Knowledge” joins “You Will Never Work in Television Again,” “The Smoke,” and “Skrting on the Surface” as previews of the upcoming The Smile album.

In addition to the May 13 digital release date, The Smile will be releasing the physical album on June 17.

The Smile Light for Attracting Attention Track List:

The Same
The Opposite
You Will Never Work in Television Again
The Smoke
Speech Bubbles
Thin Thing
Open The Floodgates
Free In The Knowledge
A Hairdryer
Waving A White Flag
We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings
Skrting On The Surface