The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention – Ltd Ed, Yellow Colored Vinyl, 2XLP, XL Recordings, 2022

New trio consisting of Thom Yorke, 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”, “Skrting the Surface” and “Pana-Vision” – which epically closed the series finale of hit show Peaky Blinders – followed with equal critical acclaim; all are collected on The Smile’s first album, A Light For Attracting Attention, produced by Nigel Godrich.