Fraser T Smith has released two new Future Utopia tracks "Stranger In The Night" and "What Matters Most?", both of which feature Arlo Parks and will appear on the upcoming 12 Questions album.
"Stranger In The Night" and "What Matters Most?" arrive after last month's Dave collaboration "Children Of The Internet", and will feature on the Future Utopia 12 Questions LP alongside previous outings "Do We Really Care? Pt. 1" featuring Tom Grennan and Tia Carys, and "Do We Really Care? Pt. 2", a collaboration with Simon Armitage.
Fraser T Smith says of the new tracks, "This is one of the most tender moments on the album. I came up with the chords whilst jamming in the studio with Shiva Feshareki, and then invited Arlo to come and listen to it. She loved the vibe and we chatted for a long time about the question "What Matters Most?" And how the answer could either be far reaching, or deeply personal. Arlo let us into her world by answering the question as a short poem and we then proceeded to write the song."
Arlo Parks adds, "Fraser and I delved into ideas of love, mortality and hope for this very special tune. It’s a celebration of the precious things in life and I feel honoured to be a part of it."
According to a press release, 12 Questions is based on a series of questions that Smith presents to different collaborators.
He says of the LP, "I made this record not because I could but because I had to - there was no other way to progress. It’s the most ambitious, exciting and terrifying thing I’ve ever done. Creatively, it’s a colourful musical playground - the culmination of everything I’ve learned over my career, from 70’s progressive rock to hip hop. Culturally, it’s a celebration of humanity, whilst shining a light on some of the cruel injustices in the world. I’m so proud and humbled by the hugely diverse group of collaborators who have spoken their truths on the album. I hope the answers will enlighten the listeners and stir debate."