It’s no secret that rock luminaries The Smashing Pumpkins are up to something. For the last little while, the band have been host to multiple countdowns, the purpose of which was largely unknown. Having said that, speaking on behalf of fans all over the world, the urgency was palpable. Today, one of these countdowns has come to its conclusion, crescendoing in the release of not one, but two new singles: ‘Cyr’ and ‘The Colour Of Love’.
Described as “dystopic folly” by frontman Billy Corgan, ‘Cyr’ has one foot well and truly planted in the world of dance, allowing the other one to stomp freely into rockier territory. “One soul against the world sort of stuff, set against a backdrop of shifting loyalties and sped up time. To me it stands as both hopeful and dismissive of what is and isn’t possible with faith,” Corgan explains.
Corgan has yet to wax so philosophically about ‘The Colour Of Love’, but sonically, the track filters out some of the disco sensibilities we see in its release day sibling, allowing more room for the act’s undying love of The Cure to shine through.
The songs have been unearthed from Smashing Pumpkins’ impending album, the highly coveted follow up to 2018’s Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. While details on the upcoming record are few and far between, we know it will come from the outfit’s new label Sumerian Records, something label head Ash Avildsen seems understandably thrilled about.
“The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most influential, iconic and timeless bands of all time. They’ve played a huge part in my life and I can say the same for so many others in the Sumerian family. This is a colossal moment for the label but most importantly, it’s the dawn of a new decade of Smashing Pumpkins music.”
Both songs, and the full album, feature the band’s current line up of founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin joined by long-serving guitarist Jeff Schroeder.