Melbourne’s Lehmann B. Smith shares his uniquely romantic new single ‘Tropical’, featuring Sarah Farquharson, of The Finks. It’s the second single from his upcoming new record Poplar Music, out Friday 25th May. Watch the accompanying video below!
Speaking of ‘Tropical’ Smith divulges “I wrote the music with Caetano Veloso’s ‘Tu Me Acostumbraste’ in mind, and then the lyrics in bed while it rained and I sat up in bed listening to it in the house alone. I took some trinkets from Joao Gilberto for the arrangement, and got Sarah to sing it to me. After that I tried to copy Serge Gainsbourg’s video clip for “Couleur Cafe”. Otherwise it’s one from the heart.”
As a sideman for bands like Totally Mild and Kes Band, Smith has often been described as a musician’s musician, an undiscovered talent. He is a prodigious songwriter, laboriously notating album after album of unreleased material and storing these away in his home studio for a rainy day.
Poplar Music will be Smith’s seventh album – written, arranged, recorded and played almost entirely by himself at this studio (reportedly somewhere in Ascot Vale). Poplar Music is available for pre-order here.
Stream / purchase ‘Tropical’: https://lehmannbsmith.lnk.to/tropical