Aaron Smith

London Calling 2022, Saturday


Aaron Smith’s music sounds so bucolic, natural, that it encourages you to think of something beautiful, almost pastoral. The reality, though, is a little harsher. He grew up in the small Scottish town of Polmont, a kind of nowhere zone 50 miles outside of Glasgow. The songwriter’s journey, his experiences of both love and trauma, fuel his new EP. According to Smith, it recalls Bon Iver but also Keane; it harbours the pensive approach of Ry X, but also the sheer will to communicate of Coldplay’s Chris Martin.