We’re only two days away from hearing Smith & Burrows’ new album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough. Although we’ve already gotten to hear four singles, today, fans get one more preview. The duo debuted their new song “Spaghetti” in an acoustic performance on the Dutch show NPO 3FM Radio.
Following a quick interview with radio host Sander Hoogendoorn, fans got to hear the acoustic version of “Spaghetti.” It’s a skippy song with a bright sound and frenzied pace. Tom Smith wrote it and sings lead here, rapidly spitting out lyrics that walk the line between charmingly funny and somewhat sardonic. By the time we get to the chorus, though, Tom uses pasta for a metaphor as he brags about the crown he wears. It’s a different sound, but we’re loving this acoustic version of the song. We can’t wait to hear the album version this Friday.
If you’ve been following Smith & Burrows the last few years, you may also instantly recognize the lyrics. The first verse and bridge feature lyrics that Tom had teased back in August 2019, when the duo were recording their new album. Finally, we can confirm that the parts we transcribed were pretty much right, if incomplete. Now it all makes a lot more sense!
Listen to the acoustic debut of “Spaghetti” in the video below. The performance begins at 4:32, following a brief interview.
“Spaghetti” will appear on the new Smith & Burrows album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough, due out this Friday, February 19th. You can pre-order or pre-save the album here.
The album will feature 10 songs, including the four previously released singles: “All The Best Moves,” “Old TV Shows,” “Parliament Hill,” and “I Want You Back In My Life.” See the full tracklisting below:
- 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
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Last June, Andy Burrows 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.”
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 two days now. 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 of 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.” He shared another picture of them scheming — along with Justin and Elliott — in December. We’re still not sure what they’ve got up their sleeves… but we’re ready for it. Maybe a new song, or better yet, a full album? We shall see!
Between April and June 2020, 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 the acoustic debut of “Spaghetti,” and get ready for the full album, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough, this Friday, February 19th. Only two more days! Catch up on all we know about it here while we count down the remaining hours. Keep checking back here for all the latest Smith & Burrows news.
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