The Smashing Pumpkins are back, and they’re not doing things by halves.
Billy Corgan and Co. return with CYR, their eleventh studio album and first with Sumerian Records.
A sprawling, 20-track double set, it’s their first extra-large output since the critically-lauded, chart-topping third album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, from 1995.
Cut in Chicago and produced by Corgan, CYR features fellow founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin alongside longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
CYR represents, at least “symbolically,” the “makings of a dissociative life, which best as we can tell is modern life: as presented through a variety of sources; past, present, and future,” explains Corgan.
With the new LP, “you get 20 pieces of fractured ideology, neither here nor there but that’s sort of the point,” he continues. “To ape that which in the post-technology age is not so easily defined and pinned down, but can be shown in a lithe, restless melody”.
The two-time Grammy winners have more on the way. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mellon Collie, the Chicago alternative rock legends recently announced plans for a 33-track sequel to the classic album, which the band will support with a world tour. Further details will be announced in 2021.
Also, work is said to be underway on Machina, the third in a trilogy of “expansive and conceptual works.”
CYR includes the previously-released title track, plus “The Colour Of Love,” “Ramona,” “Wrath,” and more.