We’ve been enjoying the new Smith & Burrows song, “All The Best Moves,” for about a month now. It’s the lead single from their upcoming album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough, the long-awaited followup to their 2011 debut. Although they finished recording it last September, they haven’t shared a release date. Luckily, thanks to Andy Burrows, we now have an idea of when we’ll finally get it: sometime in October!
In response to a fan, Andy shared this exciting tidbit of info:
We can’t wait for October! However, it should be noted that plans can change, especially this far out. Hopefully, Smith & Burrows will announce the official release date soon. We also still need a tracklist, album cover art, and maybe a second single.
New Smith & Burrows Album
Between August and September last year, Tom Smith and Andy Burrows recorded their new album. They spent one month in Nashville, Tennessee – with some recording also happening in Alabama – working with producer Jacquire King. (Jacquire previously produced Tom Smith’s band Editors’ fourth album, The Weight Of Your Love, released in 2013.)
Unlike Funny Looking Angels, the duo’s new album will not be a holiday record. Beyond “All The Best Moves,” fans can also expect to hear jubilant, tongue-in-cheek songs like “Buccaneer Rum Jum” and “Bottletops.” The only other song we know of is the one for which Tom teased some lyrics. We don’t know the song’s title, but the partial lyrics go something like this:
Can’t stand the was(…)
Goes dither, dither, dither
Fee fi fo the fun
Gun I got a hun(…)
At just won’t d(…)
In a recent interview, Tom and Andy described the new album as breezy and lighter than typical Editors fare. As they joke, it turns out Tom isn’t just gloomy and dark all the time! This new album is testament to another side of him, a side that’s a bit more similar to Andy.
The long-awaited second Smith & Burrows record is due this October. Catch up on all we know about it here. While we wait, go back and give a listen to Funny Looking Angels. In addition to six covers, the album includes four original songs: “When The Thames Froze,” “As The Snowflakes Fall,” “Rosslyn,” and “This Ain’t New Jersey.”
The Latest from Tom Smith and Editors
Editors shared their first greatest hits album, Black Gold: Best Of Editors, last October. Along with 13 beloved songs, it also features three new singles: “Frankenstein,” “Black Gold,” and “Upside Down.” You can stream or purchase it from all the major music providers here. Be sure to check out the deluxe edition, which features a bonus disc of 8 new acoustic recordings of beloved album tracks. Additionally, every order of Black Gold: Best Of Editors on vinyl or CD from Editors’ official site comes with a bonus 8-track The Snowfield Demos CD. The Snowfield Demos is an extremely rare recording from 2003, before Editors were even called Editors. (Indeed, they went by Snowfield when they made that EP.)
In March, frontman Tom Smith shared a picture of him with Blanck Mass, cheekily writing just “scheming.” We’re not sure what they’ve got up their sleeves… but we’re ready for it.
More recently, between April and June, Editors digitally shared all four volumes of You Are Fading, the rarities compilations first included in their 2011 Unedited box set. The compilations include bonus tracks, b-sides, and other rarities from Editors’ first three album eras.
The Latest from Andy Burrows
Early last year, Andy released Reasons To Stay Alive, a collaboration album with author Matt Haig. Andy composed the music, while Matt wrote the lyrics. The album’s title track got its name from Matt Haig’s 2015 memoir of the same name, which deals with depression and anxiety. In addition to “Reasons To Stay Alive,” the album also launched the singles “Handle With Care,” “Barcelona,” and “A Different Game.”
Enjoy the new single, and get ready to hear Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough in October this year! Catch up on all we know about it here, and stay tuned for announcements of its specific release date, tracklist, and more. Keep checking back here for all the latest Smith & Burrows news.