The Smile At Montreux Jazz Festival

The Smile Announces A Brand New Live Release “The Smile At Montreux Jazz Festival”

Photo by Marc Ducrest

The Smile have today revealed details of a brand-new live release, The Smile At Montreux Jazz Festival July 2022. The seven track, eight song digital-only live release of selected tracks from the band’s debut album A Light For Attracting Attention is available from Wednesday December 14th. A film of the performed tracks will broadcast from the band’s YouTube channel on Tuesday December 13th at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST. The performance, available for just 48 hours, will also exclusively contain the first ever public outing of new song “Bending Hectic,” which happened to have been written earlier that day.  

Full digital release tracklisting below: 

The Smile At Montreux Jazz Festival, July 2022

1 – Pana-Vision (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
2 – Thin Thing (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
3 – The Opposite (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
4 – Speech Bubbles (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
5 – Free In The Knowledge & A Hairdryer (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
6 – The Smoke (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)
7 – You Will Never Work In Television Again (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival)

By releasing their Montreux Jazz Festival performance, The Smile follow in the footsteps of the likes of Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Wu-Tang Clan, Nile Rodgers and Anna von Hausswolff. The festival has a long-standing history of hosting legendary moments in music culture, as a platform offering creative freedom to artists. 

The Smile continue their dates in USA and Canada. Last month they stopped in at NPR to record for its legendary Tiny Desk series. The special set will broadcast Tuesday January 3rd on NPR’s YouTube channel

A Light For Attracting Attention was named amongst the Best Albums of 2022 by Pitchfork, Uncut, MOJO, Rough Trade, Billboard, New York Times, Consequence, Gaffa, Stereogum, The Ringer and many more. 

Montreux Jazz Festival is a renowned music festival founded by Claude Nobs and held annually in Montreux, Switzerland across two weeks in July. Now in its 56th year, the festival draws 250,000 music lovers from all across the world to the Lake Geneva shoreline. Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates the industry’s emerging and contemporary acts, whilst paying homage to music’s legendary acts. Originally a pure jazz festival since inception in 1967, Montreux began showcasing other styles of music throughout the decades and today presents artists from across every genre imaginable. Artists that have graced the stage of Montreux include Etta James, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ms Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, James Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Leonard Cohen, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and many more. Mathieu Jaton serves as CEO of Montreux Jazz Festival after taking over the festival in 2013.


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