It’s October: the month we thought we’d get to hear the new Smith & Burrows album. Alas, it looks like we have a few more months left on that. But luckily, the duo are gifting fans a new single to tide them over. On Monday this week, Smith & Burrows teased a new single coming “very soon”:
New single coming very soon. Keep your eyes and ears peeled. S&B xx
The only other song we’ve heard so far was their first single, “All The Best Moves,” released in June. Andy Burrows revealed two other titles last summer: “Buccaneer Rum Jum” and “Bottletops.” A year ago, Tom Smith also previewed some lyrics from an unnamed song. Will the new single be one of these? Or will we get something entirely surprising?
Now for the slightly bad news: Their new album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough, will not be coming out this month, as originally planned. All we know at this point is that it’s due at some point in 2021:
Let’s hope that by “New Year” Andy means something like January or February. We shall see.
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. (Good thing, since it’s coming out after the holidays!) 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 June 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 sometime in early 2021. 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, in October last year. 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.)
Last 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.
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.”
New Single & New Album
Get read to hear the new single “very soon,” and in 2021, the full album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough. 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.
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