The LP marks his fourth solo album
Smith released his debut solo record, ‘Margins’ back in 2010 before working on a collaborative record with Field Music’s Peter Brewis in 2014. He returned in 2015 with another solo album ‘Contradictions’ which Smith described as “an alternative pop record.”
‘Diagrams’ will be released on October 26 via Billingham Records. Smith has shared the first single from the album, ‘Silver Rabbit’, which you can listen to below.
Silver Rabbit, a song by Paul Smith on Spotify
Smith describes the track as “a punchy song where the self-doubt and regret in the lyrics is mirrored by the musical tension that develops as it goes along.”
“I grew up in the grunge era, so this has echoes of that sound but with my own romantic view of everyday life,” he added.
You can see the artwork and track listing for ‘Diagrams’ below.
1. The Public Eye
2. Around and Around
3. Silver Rabbit
4. Lake Burley Griffin
5. Syrian Plains
7. The Beauty Contest
8. Hollywood Hills
9. Head for Figures
10. Critical Mass
11. Your Orbit
Maxïmo Park released their last album in 2017 with ‘Risk To Exist’. Speaking of that album at the time, Smith said: Of the album Smith said it was “ultimately about empathy”.
He explained: “Some songs are simple messages of solidarity and others are fuelled by anger at the elitist, established order of British society. There’s a questioning of power throughout and a feeling that there must be a different way of structuring our society in order to alleviate inequality.
“Musically, the songs reflect more soulful and groove-based influences, allowing more space in the arrangements than ever before. The central idea is to align great pop melodies with songs that reflect the state of the nation.”