The Smile Perform NPR 'Tiny Desk Concert'

The Smile performed a three-song set for the latest edition of NPR‘s “Tiny Desk Concert” series.

The Smile, a supergroup comprised of Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood along with Sons of Kemet‘s Tom Skinner, performed songs from their debut album A Light For Attracting Attention.

The band were joined by saxophonist Robert Stillman at the NPR office as they played “Pana-vision,” “The Smoke,” and “Skrting on the Surface.”

Speaking about the performance, “Tiny Desk” host and producer Bob Boilen said, “They arrived early, along with saxophonist Robert Stillman, to test out several tunes and figure out just what made sense behind my desk — minus the volume and effects that shape the album’s sonic landscape. For roughly 90 minutes, the Tiny Desk crew was treated to a casual rehearsal, witnessing the band’s creative companionship work itself out, settling on four songs.”

“For keen eyes, you’ll see Thom Yorke being handed a guitar for the second tune but all of a sudden he’s playing bass while Jonny Greenwood’s bass is suddenly a guitar,” he added. “They had recorded another tune before ‘The Smoke,’ but it didn’t make the final cut; they weren’t happy with their performance.”

Last month, the Smile released a live album titled The Smile (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, July 2022). The band dropped their debut album, A Light for Attracting Attention, last May to critical acclaim.

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