Curt Smith, the underrated half of Tears for Fears, will re-release his solo album Mayfield November 15th on Kook Media. The album, originally released in 1998, was recorded in New York City during Smith’s estrangement from Roland Orzabal.
Mayfield, so named because “Curt-is-Mayfield,” finds Smith retreating a bit from the Beatlesque bombast of The Seeds of Love and taking a somewhat simplified approach to power pop. It was a cathartic time for Smith:
“It was a couple of years into my hiatus from Tears For Fears and the premise was to not use my name (hence Mayfield) and just try to rediscover the joys of music through playing live… These were probably a couple of the most enjoyable years I’ve spent as a musician: no pressure and just doing it for the love of music.”
Album opener “What Are We Fighting For” sets the tone quite well:
“Sorry Town” cuts loose into prog territory:
Finally, “Mother England” could easily be a TFF b-side:
You can stream the whole album here, which has some tender moments too. As for Tears for Fears, they’ve been quiet since a 2010 tour with Spandau Ballet. Nothing seems to be planned at the moment, so you’ll just have to settle for the deluxe edition of Songs from the Big Chair until the next reunion tour.