SMITH & BURROWS share video for Old TV Shows taken from the forthcoming album Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough and released through Play It Again Sam on 5th February 2021,
Premiered on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show, the track is now trailed by a DIY video, reminiscent of old family videos and all-the-more pertinent in the current pandemic and these times of confinement to home. The footage has been culled from the pair’s work in the studio, and days and nights hanging out during the making of the record.
Old TV Shows is to be filed under Big Tune Moment alongside its predecessor All The Best Moves albeit one with a melancholic undertow. “It’s a song about looking back fondly at broken relationships,” says Smith. “Those moments in your life that were never gonna last, that when viewed through a hazy nostalgic filter seem so much more beautiful than they ever probably were… Just like Top of The Pops. That melancholy, Smith explains isn’t all down to him. “Everyone says I’m the dark guy!” laughs the musician whose other band have, you might say, something pop-noir about them. “But I remember working on Old TV Shows. Andy wrote the verse, I wrote the chorus. He’s doing this outpouring of real sadness then I swan in with: ‘Don’t worry, it’s in the past, it burned too brightly, move on!’”
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Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough whilst nurtured and written in the UK, was recorded in Nashville with the Grammy Award-winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon, Norah Jones). The record is on occasion, tongue-in-cheek whilst at other times depicting the advancing of age and family life, changed priorities, and all that it entails.
As songwriters, both Tom and Andy have scored some big hits, Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough is a collection that shows off their outstanding song-writing that traverses their respective catalogues. The album is a collaborative writing experience and the pair share vocal duties across its tracks from propulsive power-pop of All The Best Moves, the calypso-tinged virtuosity of Buccaneer Rum Jum or engaging traces of OMD amidst Bottle Tops.
Tom’s paean for his former home in London with the wonderful Parliament Hill jostles for highlight credits with the rom-com movie-esque Aimee Move On that itself stirs up its own typhoon of beauty with luxurious harmonies drawing on a similar vein of classic 70’s pop that the likes of 10CC demonstrated so brilliantly. Whether euphoric or more inward gazing Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough with its ever-present melodies and well-crafted song-writing may have been slow to progress over the years but its eventual arrival is a welcome respite in these uncertain times.
The tracklisting of Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough is as follows
All The Best Moves
Buccaneer Rum Jum
Old TV Shows
I Want You Back In My Life
Aimee Move On
Straight Up Like A Mohican