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Thom Yorke playing a Fender bass with The Smile
Thom Yorke playing a Fender bass with The Smile
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Thom Yorke of The Smile performs at The Roundhouse on May 29, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

Bending Hectic: Thom Yorke Drops New Song by The Smile in Collaboration With London Contemporary Orchestra

The highly anticipated new song from The Smile, titled “Bending Hectic,” has finally been released. After premiering the track at the Montreux Jazz Festival last year, the trio decided to record the studio version at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London. Renowned producer Sam Petts-Davies, known for his work with artists like Thom Yorke, Radiohead, and Frank Ocean, took on the role of producer for the song. Additionally, the London Contemporary Orchestra lent their expertise by providing the captivating strings for the track.

Bending Hectic” marks the first single by The Smile since their debut album, “A Light for Attracting Attention,” which was released last year. Interestingly, the band chose not to include the song on their live album from the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Sam Petts-Davies has a long-standing history of collaboration with Radiohead, dating back to the mid-2010s when he served as a recording engineer on Jonny Greenwood’s project “Junun.” Since then, he has continued his work with Radiohead, contributing to projects such as the unused James Bond theme song “Spectre,” the critically acclaimed album “A Moon Shaped Pool” in 2016, and the retrospective compilation “OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017.” Petts-Davies has also made notable contributions to Thom Yorke’s “Suspiria” soundtrack and Frank Ocean’s “Blonde,” among others.

The Smile set to headline Pitchfork Music Fest in July

Exciting news for fans of The Smile: the band has been announced as the headliner for the upcoming Pitchfork Music Festival, scheduled to take place from July 21 to 23 at Union Park in Chicago. Tickets are currently available for purchase, so make sure to secure yours to catch The Smile’s highly anticipated performance.

The Smile is an English rock band consisting of members Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and drummer Tom Skinner. Formed in 2020, the band was initially shrouded in mystery, with little information available about their project. However, their debut performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2021 unveiled their musical prowess and ignited excitement among fans and critics alike.

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