Secret Knives is the solo recording project of 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 delivered Snuff: the overdue full-length follow up to his debut ‘Affection’.
Secret Knives songs are tightly wound constructions – effects-heavy guitar pop packed with strange sounds and curious sonic details. Snuff’s richly felt and emotive songs are scaffold for autobiographical lyrics depicting the generational anomie that held up its release for so long. Yet rather than navel-gazing, Smith’s perceptive lyricism forensically examines its theme from many angles.
Snuff was mixed with pop wonder-producer Jon Lemmon and features contributions from Cory Champion (Borrowed CS, Shocking Pinks) and Charlotte Forrester (Womb).