It’s been a long time coming, but Secret Knives has finally released the follow-up to 2010’s Affection with his new album Snuff.
Secret Knives is the solo recording project of New Zealand multi-instrumentalist Ash Smith. Having spent much of the last decade assisting other acts like Shocking Pinks, Over The Atlantic, Junica, and Grayson Gilmour, Smith has now delivered Snuff.
Secret Knives made serious waves with his ambitious bedroom-pop debut long-player ‘Affection’ back in 2010, but we’ve barely heard a peep from the artist since, aside from a brief re-emergence with 2017’s My Capriccio EP. He made a triumphant return in August this year, with a sparkling and sonically freewheeling slice of guitar-driven pop with the title track ‘Snuff’.
Secret Knives songs are tightly wound constructions – effects-heavy guitar pop packed with strange sounds and curious sonic details. The richly felt and emotive songs on Snuff are scaffold for autobiographical lyrics depicting the generational anomie that held up its release for so long.
Stream Snuff on Spotify here.