New Sam Smith music is on its way: On Tuesday, the English singer shared images from the recording studio via his Instagram. Each of the nine photos is captioned, “Recording x.”
Along with photos of Smith and his band, the set includes a shot of Jimmy Napes, who co-wrote Smith’s Grammy-winning 2014 single “Stay With Me,” as well as “Writing’s on the Wall,” the Oscar-winning Bond anthem from 2015’s Spectre.
Apart from the Bond theme, Smith has not released any new music since his 2014 debut album, In the Lonely Hour, which earned him four Grammys, international accolades, and a sold-out concert tour. He was forced to cancel some of his tour dates due to a vocal cord hemorrhage that required surgery but was on the mend soon after.
The musician largely retreated from public life and social media over the last year, leaving many wondering when the follow-up to his platinum debut would come to fruition. These images are the first confirmation from the singer himself that he’s back in the studio.
An April 6 Instagram post from Timbaland showed the famed music producer alongside Smith and Napes with the caption, “We’re just getting started.” This fueled speculation that the singer was back at work and suggests that Timbaland will play a role in Smith’s comeback album. Smith has yet to confirm a release date for any new music.
See all of the photos here.