Almost two years after the death of beloved singer/songwriter Elliott Smith, 22 previously-unreleased songs of his have leaked onto the Internet. Some of the material is believed to be excerpts from the sessions for Smith's final release, last year's From A Basement On A Hill, though many of the songs could be close to a decade old.
MTV.com reports that between 34 and 50 songs were recorded for his last album, though no one can be certain since Smith started and stopped work on it as he battled drug addiction. From A Basement On A Hill was released last fall after being pieced together by producer Rob Schnapf and Smith's ex-girlfriend, Joanna Bolme. Producer Dave McConnell worked on the original recordings with Smith, and told MTV.com, "I think it was one of those situations where the family was so sad and taken down by the loss of their son that I think they wanted to work with somebody they knew - somebody that would be there emotionally as well as doing the work... and I can't say I blame them, really."
As previously reported, a tribute album to Smith, entitled To: Elliott From: Portland, has been compiled. No release date has been announced.