Exclusive Premiere: T.O.L.D strums his guitar while the world burns
In the latest art rock track by independent record producer T.O.L.D., “Glorious Noodle (As The World Burns I Play My Guitar)”, a layered realm is created, one of ever-present guitars playing in loops that drag you down and pull you back up higher. Rolling and dreamlike, pulling and stretching, the layers entrench you in T.O.L.D.’s great big world of lilac sound and big dreams that defy the logic of this world. It’s a slow burn, and drums enter right when they’re meant to a minute into the track. Then, as the sound takes a moment to disperse, it comes back stronger into a proper alternative -rock sound: tough, hard, and undeniably punk.
“Glorious Noodle (As The World Burns I Play My Guitar)” is a soundscape so rich in feeling that words aren’t needed at all. It’s layered and alive all on its own. T.O.LD. (also known as UK-based singer-songwriter Daniel James Smith) made the track with an epic story in mind. “I wrote this whilst my girlfriend was playing The Witcher and LA was on fire outside. I wanted to make the kind of song Geralt of Rivia would listen to after a hard days witchin’. It builds to a glorious climax at the end,” he said.
Smith’s stage name T.O.L.D. is an acronym for The Order of Life and Death. Ever the independent spirit, Smith’s music has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, Dazed & Confused, and recently was even used for a worldwide Michael Kors campaign starring Bella Hadid. The singer has come a long way since his roots. He first started playing music in the London underground — experimenting with different facets of pop music. It was then that he self-released his own material, eventually moving to Los Angeles in 2014 to grow his career as much as possible, forming T.O.L.D. in that process.
His first release, “Heaven EP”, was produced by Birgir Þórarinsson (GusGus) and included the tropical feeling “Lucifer’s Eyes,” which “merged Bastille’s breathless indie rock with Kygo’s steel drums.” The song would later appear on Smith’s debut album in 2016, It’s Not About the Witches (IAMSOUND), a meditative release produced by Tom Biller (Kanye West, Karen O) and mixed by Peter Katis (Interpol, Kurt Vile). The album incorporates a new wave sound with hip-hop influence, goth synths, and even gospel-backed ’90s house. Keep up with this burgeoning artist on his Instagram or website for more and listen to the all-encompassing track “Glorious Noodle (As The World Burns I Play My Guitar)” below or on your favorite streaming platform.