Just one month ago, Smith & Burrows released “Parliament Hill” as the third single from their upcoming album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough. It followed their earlier singles, “All The Best Moves” and “Old TV Shows.” Today, the duo offered fans their uplifting music video for “Parliament Hill.
Over a heartbeat-like pulse and soft piano, Tom Smith croons the first verse, offering sympathy to someone who can’t seem to find peace and quiet. Andy Burrows takes over on the chorus, singing low about putting heart into it and finding the light in spite of it all. The second verse goes back to Tom, this time offering companionship. He joins Andy on the next chorus, building up the layers of the song and adding a lightness to the mood. “Parliament Hill” is a gentle and sweet song that improves with each listen.
In the new music video, we first see Tom walking across a picturesque field and into a lovely forest. While he may seem to be alone, little creatures among the foliage perk up their heads as he walks. Andy makes the same trek, also watched by the small onlookers. Eventually, the duo meet up in a clearing within the forest. Tom plays a moss-covered piano while Andy strums a guitar he found hanging on a branch, and they perform for a whole group of toy-like animals. Penguins, dogs, giraffes, and more enjoy the music. The puppets are soon joined by children carrying instruments of their own. In the end, it feels like an uplifting message of camaraderie.
Smith & Burrows filmed the video last month, on December 1st, with director Mat Whitecross. The puppetry came courtesy of the Little Angel Theatre.
Watch the heartening music video for “Parliament Hill” below:
In October, Smith & Burrows 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 just one month on February 5th. Catch up on all we know about it here.
While we wait, go back and give a listen to Funny Looking Angels. The holiday season may have passed already, but some us can still enjoy the festive and wintery songs. 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 2019. 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
In early 2019, 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 “Parliament Hill” and its new music video, and get ready for the full album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough, on February 5, 2021. We’re only one month away! Catch up on all we know about it here, and stay tuned for more goodness before its fast-approaching release date. Keep checking back here for all the latest Smith & Burrows news.
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