The new album The Peyote Dance takes its name from Antonin Artaud’s book, and is announced the same date as the author's death to mark the anniversary.
The Peyote Dance is the first of three albums to be released over the next year that is inspired by writings from French poets Antonin Artaud, Arthur Rimbaud and René Daumal.
A press release states, "Recorded in the Sierra Tarahumara of Mexico, Abyssinian valley of Ethiopia, and Himalayan Summit of India respectively, the central idea is that each landscape holds sleeping memories that are the witness of human passage. Each album retraces the poets’ footsteps, channelled through on-location recorded soundscapes and musicalities."
Speaking about The Peyote Dance, Smith says, "The poets enter the bloodstream, they enter the cells. For a moment, one is Artaud...You can’t ask for it, you can’t buy it, you can’t take drugs for it to be authentic. It just has to happen, you have to be chosen as well as choose."
She adds, "We understand that this work and the artist are not dead, they find life in recording them."
Back in 2017, Smith bought the reconstructed home of Arthur Rimbaud.