New Moon (Domino)
Music from beyond the grave is always kind of spooky, especially when it is from an artist whose demise life was cut short like Smith’s. This is even more so given the bare nature of his songs, often little more than a couple of guitar tracks and vocals. His erratic nature meant their remains a ton of unreleased material and this 24-track skim off the top from 1994-1998 - arguably his more fertile musical period - reminds us just how affecting a songwriter he was, tender, but unflinching. This lacks the coherence of his other records unsurprisingly but remains a gentle reminder of just what we’re missing.