The Smile’s new album is “almost finished”.
The band – which includes Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – have been busy working on their new album lately, and they can’t wait for fans to hear it.
Speaking about their creative process on the ‘Smartless’ podcast, Thom shared: “Jonny had come up with a bunch of ideas, and I hadn’t seen him in a while, so they all came pouring in before I could. leave, ‘Wait, wait wait.’ There was a lot of me going in retrospect, ‘Okay, what am I going to do with this?’ Which was really nice.”
Thom admitted he was relishing the challenge of making the new album.
He said, “I like trying to find different ways to write lyrics. I like to find different ways to put music together. I love learning new instruments, like Jonny.
“It wakes me up in the morning and probably always will, unless I lose my ability to think straight. There’s nothing else. There’s not like, ‘Now we have to get into this domain’, there’s no kind of aesthetic agenda. You’re influenced by what you listen to. I’m always buying new music.
The veteran star also revealed that he has two distinct ways of making music.
He explained: “With the lyrics, it’s something completely different where it’s either going to be very quick, very easy, or months and months of shavings, literally line by line, in the weirdest weird anal genre: try things, throw them out, try things, throw them, try things, throw them.
“It sometimes gets to the point where it’s like, ‘well, I have this syllable, and I have this consonant, and I have this syllable, and now I’m just going to wait for the rest to spin up.’ “