On Aug. 28, The Smashing Pumpkins released two new tracks titled “Cyr” and “The Colour of Love.” In addition to that, the band has now announced its 11th studio LP, also titled Cyr, through an early Friday morning tweet.
The 20-track double album will be available beginning Nov. 27 and will feature the two previously released tracks and will mark the band’s first full-length album since 2018’s Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol.1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.
The tracks were produced by frontman Billy Corgan and were recorded in Nashville. Since its formation in 1988, the alternative band has seen many personnel changes, but the current lineup includes founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin on the guitar and drums, respectively, as well as longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
This upcoming album, however, should not come as a surprise to the fans who have been following what Corgan has had to say since the beginning of the year.
In an interview with Tennessean published in January, Corgan said that he and the band had 21 songs ready to go and that they were going to put out a double album in 2020.
“In many ways, this is the first real album (since the reunion) where we’ve hunkered down and made a classic, ‘Let’s throw it all at the wall and see what happens’ type of Pumpkins record,” Corgan said in his interview.
Corgan said that he is excited about the upcoming album and that it feels like the band is back to trying new things instead of just sticking to the sounds that they’re known for.
“It’s got a greater conceptual base, and it’s probably a wider swath of music. The last one was kind of like, “Let’s just jump in, record some stuff real fast, and let it be what it is,” Corgan said. “I’m excited about this, because we’re kind of back in the lane of taking a risk, and trying to bring something new to the table, as opposed to just aping what we’re known for.”
The album will be available on streaming services on Nov. 27, you can click here to pre-save it so that all the songs are available to you as soon as they are released.
Meanwhile, to get a better feel for what might be in store with the upcoming album, click here to listen to “The Colour of Love” and watch the music video for “Cyr” below.