Jorja Smith Announces New Album ‘falling or flying’

September it is.

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English songstress Jorja Smith announced that her sophomore studio album falling or flying is set to release on September 29. Confirming this with an Instagram post, Smith shared the LP’s elegant, greyscale cover art, as well as a handful of upbeat snippets of songs that will land on the album.

“falling or flying, my second album! Out 29th September 2023. I can’t believe it tbh….” she captioned the post.

Although Smith did not reveal the full track list for falling or flying, the pre-save page for the project on Apple Music shows which pre-released singles will be included. The album’s intro will be “Try Me,” a single Smith dropped on April 14. Additionally, the third song on the track list will be “Little Things,” which the R&B icon put out last week.

falling or flying will be Smith’s first full-length release since her 2018 debut album Lost & Found, which solidified her presence in the British pop and international R&B scenes. Coming just a year after she landed multiple appearances on Drake’s 2017 EP More Life, Lost & Found saw Smith merge gracefulness and rhythm on standout tracks like “Blue Lights” and “Teenage Fantasy.”

In her nearly five-year absence between album releases, Smith has stayed busy with solo efforts and collaborations. In May 2021, she unleashed her eight-song EP Be Right Back, which included promotional singles “Addicted” and “Gone.” Along with this, songs like “Be Honest” with Burna Boy (2019), “By Any Means” in 2020, “Nobody But You” with Brent Faiyaz‘s group Sonder, “darjeeling” with her cousin FKA Twigs (2021), and “Somebody Else” with Lil Durk and Calvin Harris (2022) have all helped Smith keep her memory fresh in the minds of her fans.

It’s currently unclear if Smith plans to drop more promotional tracks in the four months between now and falling or flying‘s release, but her fans would surely appreciate it, considering they will have waited half a decade for this moment.

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