Smith & Burrows promised a new single, and now we have it! Following up their summertime lead “All The Best Moves,” the duo just released a new song, “Old TV Shows.” It’s our second taste of their upcoming sophomore album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough, due out on February 5, 2021.
In contrast to “All The Best Moves,” in which Tom Smith sings most of the lead, “Old TV Shows” gives Andy Burrows more time in the spotlight. Over warm acoustic guitar, Andy sings the verses, setting us up for some heartbreak. Tom cuts in to sing the chorus, belting about faded memories playing like old TV shows. Sweet piano fills out the sound, while falsetto “la la la” vocals give it a cheerier mood. It’s a sweet, comforting song and another great indicator of what we’ll hear on the forthcoming album.
Listen to “Old TV Shows” below:
In addition to the new single, Smith & Burrows also confirmed the release date for their new album, its full tracklisting, and the cover art. Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough comes out on February 5, 2021; you can pre-order or pre-save it here. It will feature 10 songs:
- All The Best Moves
- Buccaneer Rum Jum
- Old TV Shows
- Parliament Hill
- Bottle Tops
- I Want You Back In My Life
- Aimee Move On
- Too Late
- Straight Up Like A Mohican
Last June, Andy implied that both “Buccaneer Rum Jum” and “Bottle Tops” are songs on which he leads. He described them as jubilant, comparing them to Harry Nilsson’s novelty hit, “Coconut.”
Meanwhile, Tom shared lyrics for an unidentified song last year; we still have no idea which one it is, 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 an interview last June, 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 in February 2021. Catch up on all we know about it here.
While we wait, go back and give a listen to Funny Looking Angels. The holiday record is the perfect music to get us through these next few months. 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.”
“Old TV Shows”
Enjoy “Old TV Shows,” and get ready for the full album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough, on February 5, 2021. Catch up on all we know about it here, and stay tuned for more goodness before its release date. Keep checking back here for all the latest Smith & Burrows news.
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