The Smile, a side project of Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead, has been a topic of discussion among fans since their debut single in January 2022. The band also includes drummer Tom Skinner from Sons of Kemet. The Smile’s first album, “A Light for Attracting Attention,” was produced by Nigel Godrich and featured thirteen songs that explored themes of alienation and confinement. The album showcased the band’s creativity and musical prowess, incorporating elements of art pop, math rock, and post punk.
Two years later, The Smile released their second album, “Wall of Eyes,” which marked a departure from their previous sound. With a new producer and a focus on rhythmic elements, the album featured eight captivating art rock songs that incorporated elements of neo-psychedelia, krautrock, ambient, and post rock. The album also included memorable string arrangements performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra.
The instrumental dynamics of “Wall of Eyes” differed from their first album, with a focus on precision and rhythmic complexity. The album’s central tracks, such as “Under Our Pillows” and “Read the Room,” showcased the band’s ability to create diverse and captivating musical landscapes.
The album’s standout track, “Bending Hectic,” defied mainstream parameters with its eight-minute runtime and showcased the band’s unique sound and musical prowess. While comparisons to Radiohead are inevitable, The Smile has carved out its own identity with “Wall of Eyes,” showcasing a different symbiosis between Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood.
As Radiohead fans eagerly await new music from the band, The Smile’s latest album provides a glimpse into the creative evolution of Yorke and Greenwood. While the message and intentions may be similar, The Smile has provided a new context for the duo to explore new musical territories.
“Wall of Eyes” by The Smile is available on streaming platforms, offering listeners a unique and captivating musical experience.
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