Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood are many issues, however flashy actually isn’t considered one of them. Together with drummer Tom Skinner of Sons of Kemet, the 2 Radiohead members quietly re-emerged collectively earlier this 12 months as The Smile. The trio launched their debut album, Might’s A Gentle for Attracting Consideration, with comparatively little press or social media promotion surrounding it; as with most good issues involving Radiohead, the music speaks for itself.
Apart from Greenwood’s prolific output of persistently lovely movie scores, even probably the most ardent followers must admit that many Radiohead members’ facet tasks (solo endeavors, the Flea-featuring supergroup Atoms for Peace) have up thus far usually paled compared to their predominant band’s discography. However when Yorke, Greenwood, and Skinner took the stage at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom November twentieth to deliver A Gentle for Attracting Consideration to life, it solely affirmed that The Smile is a few of the most impressed music to return from a Radiohead facet undertaking in over a decade.
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Admittedly, it is a bit unfair to cut back The Smile to only a Radiohead offshoot, however lots of the latter band’s finest traits switch over to the previous: Yorke’s subtly entrancing stage presence, Greenwood’s unfettered focus. There was hardly any banter between songs, and no elaborate stage decorations moreover some flashing lights. It felt nearly extra like watching a very stirring instrumental efficiency than a rock present — however in spite of everything, isn’t that why we have been all there?
The Smile started their Hammerstein set with album opening observe “The Identical,” a brooding, persistent synth observe that builds in depth at it lures you inward. In the suitable headspace, it feels particularly hypnotic, setting the tone for the 90-minute stretch of just about nonstop music to return.
And The Smile positive did make these 90 minutes really feel brief. The set included all however two of the songs on A Gentle for Attracting Consideration — in accordance with the sleuths of Setlist.fm, “Open the Floodgates” was swapped final minute with non-album observe “Simply Eyes and Mouth,” and “Waving a White Flag” was finally skipped following a “technical mishap” that was nearly undetectable to an viewers member. With a handful of newer songs peppered in that they’ve teased in dwell appearances earlier than, you may inform The Smile weren’t essentially serious about pleasing a crowd — simply sounding their finest.